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Table 1 Example of the coding process

From: The burden of choice: a qualitative study of healthcare professionals’ reactions to ethical challenges in humanitarian crises

Meaning unit: I think, first of, there is the huge amount of sadness, to, to, know that you are there, and you have quite good financial possibilities behind you of trying to help the people that are there, and your hands are tied from doing anything but sending a person back to, this bad situation they are in.
Condensed meaning unit: There is a huge amount of sadness, to know you are there with good financial possibilities and your hands are tied from doing anything but sending a person back to a bad situation.
Codes: 1: Feeling deep sadness 2: Feeling forcibly restrained 3: Being prevented from the right action
Categories: 1: Experiencing emotional suffering 2: Struggling against orders 3: Experiencing emotional suffering