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Table 1 Six phases of thematic analysis by Braun & Clarke[38] and role of authors

From: “Fighting an uphill battle”: experience with the HCV triple therapy: a qualitative thematic analysis

1. Familiarising yourself with your data The accuracy of the transcribed interviews was checked. Transcripts were read by three authors (MR PK DN) and notes of initial ideas were made and discussed in the research team.
2. Generating initial codes All transcripts were coded systematically using inductive methods. The first five interviews were coded by three authors (MR PK DN) and codes were discussed until consensus was reached. The following eight transcripts were coded by the first author (MR), codes and quotes were presented and discussed with PK DN. With the support of Atlas.ti codes remained associated with the transcripts (quotes).
3. Searching for themes Based on the code lists the research team (MR PK DN) summarized several codes into meaningful themes whose relevance emerged across several interviews. A preliminary description of the main and subthemes was made.
4. Reviewing themes The first author (MR) checked the preliminary description of themes with the original data (transcripts). Inconsistencies were discussed in the research group. The first author undertook adjustments and defined the main theme and subthemes. The last author (DN) who has expertise in thematic analysis reviewed these themes and together with the first author related themes to a thematic map.
5. Defining and naming themes The first author (MR) returned to the transcripts and worked out the specific thematic content, then, with DN, worked out the overall story line. The preliminary results were presented to authors and experts in care of HCV patients. According to this discussion some refinements were made.
6. Producing the report The first author (MR) wrote a first draft of the scientific report, and selected vivid quotes to illustrate themes. The last author (DN) reviewed the report and necessary adjustments were made. The report was submitted to the research team for critical assessment, and the team's responses were recorded.