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Table 2 The statements in the sub-themes that emerged in the interpretation of the data

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

Themes Sub- themes Number of statements
Good care An ideal of commitment 50
  Building alliances for good care 23
  The borders of coercion 24
  A professional distance to patients 25
Loyalty The patient comes first 22
  Belonging to the team 14
Powerlessness Inadequacy in relation to patients 24
  A terminus for the patient 10
  Feelings of helplessness 47
Not thematizied   17