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Table 1 Score of items relating to return to work in patients focus groups.

From: Assessing factors influencing return back to work after cholecystectomy: a qualitative research

Physical factors 101 (35.3%) Patients' expectations or individually determined factors 50 (17.5%) Hospital related factors 47 (16.4%)
pain 15 consideration of being operated upon 7 good follow-up care 9
open wound 11 fear of the operation 6 earlier discharge 5
food related complaints 11 an individual's willingness to resume work 4 delayed discharge 5
general physical complaints 11 a person's character 3 operative technique 5
change for the better 9 individual differences 2 operation delay 4
wound pain 7 recovery is disappointing compared to others 3 postoperative information 3
diarrhea 6 differences in experiencing pain 2 physicians with limited time 3
insomnia 6 experiences in the past 1 Gallbladder condition 3
shoulder pain 5 other individual circumstances 3 visit to outpatients' clinic 3
lack of endurance 5 self determination 1 anesthesia 3
abdominal colic's 5 scar 4 operating surgeon dependent 2
gastrointestinal complaints 4 nervous disposition 2 waiting list 1
infection 3 relaxed attitude 3   
tiredness 3 disappointing 3   
   fear for resuming work activities 1   
   other 5   
Work-related factors 46 (16.1%) Influence, expectations or advice by thirds 24 (8.4%) Home factors 12 (4.2%)
type of work 11 discouraged by others 5 children 8
adapted work activities 8 pressure by employer 2 housekeeping 2
work with lifting activities 6 expectation of company physician 1 getting bored at home 1
part-time work 3 advice of company physician 1 gender differences 1
discouraged by employer 3 other factors related to company physician 2   
work atmosphere 2 pressure by company physician 1   
influence of temperature on wound 2 advice of surgeon 2   
possibility to return home early 2 advice of any other physician 1   
company physician related 1 financial pressure 1 Information related factors 6 (2.1%)
autonomy 1 structure of health care 1   
being in contact with the company 1 society's expectations 1   
continuity at work 1 people's expectations 2   
no use of a partly recovered colleague 1 advise of others 1   
independent (own store) 1 taking others into consideration 1 Other 0
relation with employer 1 expectations of children 2   
other 3