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Table 3 Themes and sub-themes from thematic analysis of qualitative interviews

From: Facilitating adherence to physical activity: exercise professionals' experiences of the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales. a qualitative study

Theme Subthemes
1 - Individual differences in needs and responses to NERS 1a - The referral process: motivating patients or identifying motivated patients
1b - Demographic patterning in responses to NERS
2 - Facilitating uptake, adherence and long term behavioural change 2a - Promoting uptake through overcoming initial anxieties
2b - Supporting confidence and motivation through education and interpersonal support
2c - Modifying the exercise environment to minimise anxieties throughout the programme
2d - Fostering social networks supportive of long-term change