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Table 4 Main themes and categories

From: Self-management perspectives of elderly patients with multimorbidity and practitioners - status, challenges and further support needed?

Theme Category Subcategory
Current status Self-management tasks Nutrition/ Diet
Training
Medication
Information/ Keeping up-to date
Social exchange
Responsibility
Coping with multimorbidity
Self-management support Motivation
Recommendations
Exchange with physicians and practice assistants
Rehabilitation services
Organisational aspects
Challenges Multimorbidity and its challenges Pain
Loneliness/ lack of social networks
Loss of independence
Changing habits/ lifestyle change
Treatment burden
Mobility restrictions
Being a burden for family/friends
Challenges for practitioners Allocation of time and resources
Strategies for motivation
Further support Concerns expressed from patients Support for specific problems
Support for general problems
Concerns expressed from practitioners Public transport
Support of relatives
Government support
Social medicine