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Table 3 Organization of themes

From: Women’s perspectives of the fetal fibronectin testing process: a qualitative descriptive study

Overarching theme



Seeking reassurance

1. Feeling reassured by being assessed in a birthing unit

1.1 Birthing unit environment

1.2 Reassuring talk

2. Hoping for reassurance from the test

2.1 Needing clear explanations

2.2 Needing a support person while waiting for the results

3. Re-defining reassurance after learning the results

3.1 Negative fFN testing results

3.2 Positive fFN testing results