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Table 2 An overview of the main categories and the subcategories

From: Consequences and adaptation in daily life – patients’ experiences three decades after a nerve injury sustained in adolescence

Main categories Subcategories
Symptoms experienced and adaption strategies Symptoms Sensibility
Pain/allodynia
Dexterity
Numbness
Grip strength
Cold sensitivity
Secondary back/neck problems
Adaptive strategies Vision
Non-injured hand/fingers
Tricks
Assistive devices/warm gloves/warm water
Emotional reactions to trauma and adaptation Symptoms Shock*
Depressive symptoms
Isolated*
Bitterness
Frustration
Anger
Grief
Identity
Ashamed
Fear *
Adaptive strategies Social support
Dissociation*
Minimization
Avoidance*
Acceptance
Hide/cover up*
Consequences for education and support provided Consequences Fell behind
Grades affected
Retake a school year
Choose different education
Not believed/no understanding
Adaptive strategies Assistive devices
Information and support teachers/school mates
Oral instead of written task/examination
Consequences for professional life and adaptation Consequences Choice of profession
Obstructed the performance
No support from employers and authorities
Adaptive strategies Realistic career plans
Vision
Avoidance
Changed performance
Develop new skills
Consequences for domestic life and adaptation Consequences Role as a parent and spouse
Managing daily life
Adaptive strategies Open communication
Ask for help
Assistive devices
Consequences for leisure activities and adaptation Consequences Activities impossible/could still perform
Adaptive strategies Avoidance
Develop new interests
Personal qualities Persistence/ Endurance
Positive attitude
Problem-solver / Creative
Competitiveness
Purposefulness
Avoid showing vulnerability
Refusal to be a victim
Enhance other capacities
Information and support wanted from the healthcare system Oral and written information
Help with assistive devices
Help with insurance issues
Psychosocial counselling
Meet other patients
  1. Consequences and adaptations strategies are presented as well as personal qualities and information and support wanted from the healthcare system. The asterisk represents symptoms related to post-traumatic stress disorder.