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Table 2 Patterns of adapting in the study sample at three to four years post-surgery

From: What matters to patients following total knee arthroplasty? A grounded theory of adapting to a knee replacement

Adapting pattern Level of new knee’s adequacy Straightforwardness
(amount of extra effort required)
State of adapting
I Optimal adequacy Straightforward
(no extra effort)
Inactive
II Good adequacy Not straightforward
(minimal extra effort)
Inactive
III Tolerable adequacy Not straightforward
(considerable extra effort)
Inactive
IV Insufficient adequacy Not straightforward
(concerted and ongoing extra effort)
Active
V Tolerable adequacy by default
(knee deprioritized due to life circumstances)
Straightforward by default
(curtailed effort due to life circumstances)
Inactive