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Table 2 A summary of the emergent sub-themes, themes, and core theme

From: Reflections of older people about their experience of fall prevention exercise in the community- a qualitative study exploring evidence-based practice

Examples of participants’ responses Code Sub-theme Theme
I’m not sitting in this chair and nodding off so much, I have a little more energy and I think I have a little more appetite. For some reason, I have lost some appetite over the last few years, but it has come back a bit now. I can feel I’m hungry now, for a while I didn’t notice it. So, there was a time when I stopped exercising and sat nodding off, had no appetite...it’s gotten a little better now (Participant ID 1) •Inactivity/sedentary behavior
•Energy
•Positive change/experience
The older person’s desire to cope with everyday life The tension between knowing and doing
It wasn’t out of great desire or eagerness from me, but I am so sensible and there is so much health in it ... I have told the physiotherapist that it is not out of desire and interest that I am here, but I realize I need to do something (Participant ID 4) •Unmotivated
•Positive change/experience
•Reality check
•Motivation to exercise
Acquiring knowledge; knowledge as the basis for evidence-based practice
Empathy is important too; without it something may go wrong. You have to get into things - me and the neighbor may want to experience things completely differently, and we would have different needs even if we were dealing with the same illness … and it is perhaps what a therapist with experience will find out more easily than a recently graduated one? (Participant ID 2) Importance of knowledge
•Diversity/heterogeneity
•Different needs
•Importance of therapist’s experience/the therapist as a human expert
•Getting into things
Evidence balanced by understanding, empathy, and sympathy The power of the therapist-participant relationship and the process of putting knowledge into action
He was so safe and secure when he gave us assignments and it is contagious. He always said: this is not dangerous; you can do this ... it seemed very safe ... I trusted him and what he taught me (Participant ID 14) •The therapist’s experience
•Safety
•Knowledge
•Relation
•Communication
The importance of mutual understanding
I have a son who is mentally ill … we tend to walk almost every day … his biggest problem is that he is isolating himself, and what I can contribute is to get him out for a walk ... what really motivates me is that I want to stay in the best possible shape since I have a son that I feel is dependent on me (Participant ID 2) •Everyday activities/providing care
•Transferability of exercise
•The importance of contribution
•Effectiveness of intervention
The older persons’ desire to cope with everyday life Research is interwoven with successful therapy and is an integral component of it
If someone had said do that and that, and I didn’t realize the point, I wouldn’t have bothered to do it ... waving arms and legs with no intention is just nonsense (Participant ID 2) •Explanation of the exercises
•Power
•Motivation
•Making sense
•Communication
In clinical practice, research makes sense