Table 3: Communication and Information (main and subcategories).

Main categorySubcategory

(B) Communication and information

(B1) Doctors’ approach Categorical refusal
Dogmatism
Unconcern
Sincerity
Positive conviction
Henchmen of pharmaceutical industry

(B2) Quality of communication Feeling accepted by their doctors
Shared decision-making
Patriarchal style
Miscommunication
Placebo-effects
Nocebo-effects (e.g., induction of fear)

(B3) Sources of information Family/social environment
Doctors
Pharmacists
CAM practitioner
Media (TV, newspapers, internet, brochures)
Literature (books, journals)
Advertising (pharmacy brochures)
Patient information leaflets

(B4) Relevant elements of information Indication
Side effects
Mechanism of action
Dosage recommendations
Safety recommendations for pregnancy
Quality differences in drugs and possible consequences regarding side effects.
Declaration of toxic remnants