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Table 2 Examples of meaning units, condensed meaning units and codes

From: Factors impacting the illness trajectory of post-infectious fatigue syndrome: a qualitative study of adults’ experiences

Meaning unit Condensed meaning unit Code
I refused to believe it. I denied it, and I know that I almost still deny it, so I kept on working until it no longer was possible. Denying being ill had negative consequences Denial
I am looking for rehabilitation options. Where can you find this or that? Need more knowledge to improve health Information seeking
The most important thing is that I accept that I am ill and get to a period where I build myself up again. Accepted being ill and taking care of oneself Acceptance
Self-care