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Table 2 Themes and source documents

From: The role of nature in cancer patients' lives: a systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis

Core themes Descriptive themes Source documents
1 Connecting with what is valued [11, 13, 27, 28, 40, 41, 43,44,45,46, 55]
   Connecting with something outside [13, 27, 28, 40, 41, 43,44,45,46]
 Connecting with Self [2, 7, 10, 13, 15, 28, 44]
 Connecting with others [13, 28, 40, 41, 44,45,46]
 Connecting with nature [11, 13, 27, 28, 41, 44, 46, 55]
 Connecting with the past, reminiscing and remembering [13, 28, 40, 41, 45, 46]
 Losing connection [40, 41, 46]
2 Being elsewhere, seeing and feeling differently [11, 13, 27, 28, 40, 41, 43,44,45,46, 55]
   Gaining distance (break) from everyday strain [27, 28, 40, 41, 44,45,46, 55]
 Contrasting the clinical experience [13, 27, 28, 46, 55]
 Visual escape, a different way of being elsewhere [11, 27, 28, 40, 46]
3 Exploration, inner and outer excursions [13, 27, 28, 40, 41, 43,44,45,46, 55]
   Exploring the distant and extraordinary [13, 27, 41, 44, 46, 55]
 Exploring future scenarios [13, 28, 41, 46]
 Exploring new ideas, behaviors and activities [13, 44,45,46]
 Exploring the caregiver’s role, caring for the garden [40, 41, 43, 45, 46]
4 Home and safe [13, 27, 28, 40, 41, 45, 46, 55]
   Domestic scale [28, 40, 41, 45, 55]
 Caring and being cared for [27, 28, 40, 41]
 Supportive infrastructure [13, 27, 28, 45, 46]
5 Symbolism, understanding and communicating differently [13, 27, 28, 40, 41, 46, 55]
   Using metaphors found in nature [13, 27, 28, 41, 46, 55]
 Reflecting and mirroring inner and outer life [13, 27, 28, 40, 41, 46, 55]
6 Benefitting from old and new physical activities [13, 27, 40, 43,44,45,46]
   Enjoying new and old activities in nature [27, 40, 43,44,45,46]
 Benefitting from being active in nature [13, 28, 40, 43,44,45,46]
7 Enriching aesthetic experiences [13, 27, 28, 43, 44, 46, 55]
   Stimulating sensory experiences [27, 28, 44, 46]
 Aesthetic enrichment [13, 27, 28, 43, 44, 55]