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Table 1 Synopsis of findings

From: (How) do medical students regulate their emotions?

Stage 1 Stage 2
104 medical students provided memorable incidents 54 out of 104 medical students provided experiences with emotions and/ or ER strategies
Themes identified: Themes identified Emotions identified ER strategies
1. First contact with: 1. First contact with: Positive emotions • Inaction (doing/saying nothing)
• Trying to comfort the patient
• Challenging/trying to change the situation
• Focusing on task
• Denial
• Reappraisal
• Distancing oneself from the situation
• Suppression
a patient suffering
a patient with a terminal disease
a patient dying
a patient suffering
a patient with a terminal disease
a patient dying
• Happiness
• Joy
• Admiration
Negative emotions
• Shock, bewilderment and surprise
• Embarrassment, shame, feeling unease or uncomfortable
• Anger
• Stress, tension
• Sadness or pity
• Implied
2. Interactions 2. Interactions
interactions D-Pa
interactions D-Sa
interactions D-Sa
interactions D-Da
interactions D-P
interactions D-S
interactions D-S
interactions D-D
3. Clinical incidents 3. Clinical incidents
performing a clinical task
see an interesting clinical
case
performing a clinical task
see an interesting clinical
case
  1. ainteractions between doctors and patients (D-P); students and patients (S-P), doctors and students (D-S), doctors with doctors (D-D)