Table 3

Reclassification of themes from the original meta-ethnography in the present, updated meta-ethnography

Themes from the original meta-ethnography5 Themes in the updated meta-ethnography
WTHD in response to physical/psychological/spiritual sufferingReasons for the WTHDSuffering
Loss of self
Fear
WTHD as a desire to live but ‘not in this way’Meanings of the WTHD
WTHD as a way of ending suffering
WTHD as a kind of control over life: ‘to have an ace up one’s sleeve just in case’Functions of the WTHD
Lived experience of a timeline towards dying and death
  • WTHD, wish to hasten death.