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Table 2 Summary of main themes and sub-themes

From: What surgeons tell patients and what patients want to know before major cancer surgery: a qualitative study

Theme Sub-themes
Emphasis on surgical techniques and in-hospital risks by surgeons Surgeons presented detailed technical information
The gravity of the surgery was emphasized
Short term risks were listed with little explanation
Patients generally accepted the necessity of technical information
Some patients did not want technical information
Post-operative recovery, long-term quality of life and survival were key patient information needs Recovery and long-term quality of life information was desired by most, but not all, patients
Long-term effects of surgery were minimised by surgeons
Survival information was desired by patients
Surgeons presented the uncertainty around survival
Fear may inhibit patients’ desire for survival information