TableĀ 2

Common themes in patients taking oral anticancer agents

Core categoryCategoriesSubcategories
Inner conflictRational beliefA sense of duty to survive
Trust in physician
Emotional resistanceConfrontation with cancer
Doubt regarding efficacy
Concern over potential harm
Subjective view: perceived adherencePerceived adherence
Behaviour: partial non-adherenceIntentional non-adherence
Unintentional non-adherence
Recognition of one's role in medication therapyAcceptance of life as it is