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Table 3 Analysis structure

From: Losing independence – the lived experience of being long-term sick-listed

Essence Main theme Revelatory theme
Losing independence
Independence was lost when the participants, due to illness, had to stop working and start relying on the state for support. The uncertain waiting to heal, the absence from work and the conditions for support from the state caused processes that for most of the participants impaired their confidence in themselves and authorities.
Stepping out of working society Rest
Waiting in uncertainty
Changed self-perception
Changed economic conditions
Following the steps in the rehabilitation chain Feelings of powerlessness
Numerous encounters with professionals Being questioned
Getting mixed messages and sitting in-between
Disrespectful encounters
Respectful encounters