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Table 2 Results from the data analysis displaying the organization of the overarching theme, themes, categories, and subcategories

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

Overarching theme Themes Categories and subcategories
Struggling to make the right choice 1. Ethics as a sense of right or wrong Experiencing various ethical challengesa
 Challenges between self and organizationb
 Challenges within selfb
 Challenges between self and cultureb
Wanting to do the right thinga
Recognizing unethical motivationsa
2. Adversely bearing the burden of choice Experiencing emotional sufferinga
 Powerlessness and instability
 Anger and frustration
 Being isolated and abandoned
Negative impacts on care deliverya
Not wanting to continue worka
Needing coping mechanismsa
 Needing to be tough
3. Held hostage by institutional constraints Being silenced by the organizationa
Organization feigning ignorancea
Bureaucracy as an alibia
Struggling against ordersa
4. The difficulty of preparing for ethical challenges Lacking formal ethical guidelinesa
Questioning how to train for challengesa
Looking for guidance from the teama
Experience making it easiera
Positive organizational supporta
  1. aCategories
  2. bSubcategories