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Table 1 An example of the thematization of a statement[17]

From: The ethical landscape of professional care in everyday practice as perceived by staff: A qualitative content analysis of ethical diaries written by staff in child and adolescent psychiatric in-patient care

Part of a meaning unit (or statement) Condensed meaning unit Interpretation Sub-theme Theme
A 12-year-old boy comes when his mother is admitted to adult psychiatric care. The police arrested the boy for shoplifting food. It appeared that the family left the refugee camp after the expulsion decision. We became a "terminus" for societal responsibility without being aware of the reason. Our opinion is irrelevant. We must take care of a refugee boy who shoplifted without questioning the decision. We became a "terminus". Powerlessness - inadequate health care – storage A terminus for the patient Powerlessness