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Table 3 Themes and subthemes

From: The experiences of Chinese general practitioners in communicating with people with type 2 diabetes—a focus group study

Themes Subthemes
1. Diversity in diabetic patients a. Diabetes patients’ attitudes, knowledge, and behavior
b. Medication adherence
c. Patients’ emotional problems
2. Communication with patients a. Consultation management
b. Blood glucose monitoring and control
c. Communication difficulties and facilitators
3. Patient-doctor relationship a. Mutual understanding
b. Blaming doctors
c. Blurring of the boundaries
4. Communication skills training a. Insufficient training
b. Training needs
c. Practice and feedback