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Table 2 Theme, categories and sub-categories

From: Experiences of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with inflammatory bowel disease – a qualitative study

Sub-categories Categories Theme
Changed dietary habits CAM use Knowledge and communication promote patient participation in the area of CAM
Factors that influence CAM use
Experience of CAM
Trust in CAM
No need of CAM
Doubtful about CAM
Science and safety
Perception of doctors’ and nurses’ attitude to CAM Communication
The relationship with the doctor
Revealing CAM use
Wishing for a dialogue about CAM
Making one’s own choice Self-care
Wishing to live as normally as possible
Searching for and obtaining CAM knowledge