Table 2

Semistructured interview guide

Introductory questionTell us a word or image that comes into your mind when you think about the frail elderly
Transition questionTell us what comes into your mind when you think about patient participation in treatment decision making
Key questionWhat ingredients do you think are necessary to achieve patient participation in treatment decision making?
Key questionWhich role (active, shared, passive) do you think that frail elderly patients prefer in treatment decision making?
Key questionHow do you think you could facilitate communication between the frail elderly and healthcare staff (or doctors)?
Key questionHow do you think we meet the preferences of the frail elderly regarding information about their healthcare?
Key questionWhat obstacles to participation in treatment decision making do you think are faced by the frail elderly?
Key questionWhat obstacles in the organization of healthcare do you think exist to participation in treatment decision making by the frail elderly?
Final questionIs there anything else that anyone feels we should have talked about?
Summarising and verification