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Table 2 Overview themes and subthemes

From: Exploring the experiences of stroke patients treated with transcranial magnetic stimulation for upper limb recovery: a qualitative study

Patient experiences with the treatment Subthemes
Positive experiences of the treatment Experienced physical effects
Comfort
Therapeutic relationship
Receiving information
Learning about the brain
No burden of added TMS treatment session
No unpleasant aspects
Concerns Effects of stimulation of the brain
Equipment (chair and coil)
Logistics
Participation in an RCT
General experience of recovery
Experienced psychological effects Grateful
Sense of purpose
Recovery as extra motivation to exercise
Disappointment and hope of group allocation
Motivation to participate Personal benefit and cognitions
Altruism