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Table 2 The codes, subcategories, and categories of the psychosocial barriers to diabetic patients’ Adherence to their Medication Regimen

From: The psychosocial barriers to medication adherence of patients with type 2 diabetes: a qualitative study

Category Subcategory Code
1.Concern, distress and fear Concern due to the lack of trust Concern due to the lack of trust in health service providers The patients’ lack of trust in the physician about the diagnosis of the disease symptoms and complications
Concern due to the lack of trust in the medications Concern about the effect of the medications
Concern about the medication side-effects
Psychological distress due to the calamities of life Distress about the death of a family member (sister, brother)
Distress about relatives’ illness and death
Concern about being a burden
Concern about being neglected by the family members
Concern about financial problems Neglecting medication adherence due to financial pressures
Fearing the community’s bad reactions to the disease Fearing the stigma caused by having diabetes The disease being considered hereditary in the family by others
Fearing people restricting their relationships with diabetic patients The disease being considered contagious by others
Fearing the experience of hypoglycemia
2.Feeling exhausted and burnt out Getting tired of the prolonged period of treatment
Feeling exhausted as a result of the calamities of life
3.Prioritizing the children’s issues Giving priority to the children’s needs
Giving priority to the children’s disease
4. Poor financial support No financial support provided by the family for the purchase of the medications
5. Communication challenges Advertisements encouraging non-adherence to a medication regimen Advertisements and encouragements about the use of herbal medicines by other patients and relatives
Advertisements and encouragements about the benefits of vegetarian and raw food diets by other patients
Poor communication processes Inadequate physician consultation about the medications
Poor physician-patient interactions
6.Poor work conditions Forgetting to take the medications as a result of being too busy
Not taking the medications on time due to long work hours