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Table 1 Overview of subcategories and categories

From: “It is through body language and looks, but it is also a feeling” - a qualitative study on medical interns’ experience of empathy

Subcategories Categories Theme
Skill, personality trait, being empathetic, doing empathy, understanding, to feel with, automatic skill, The quality of empathy Empathy – a multifaceted and conflictual phenomenon
Time pressure, norms, values, communication, negative emotions, frustration, uncertainty, being powerless Factors that affects empathy
Level of engagement, lack of time, emergency situations Conflicts in empathy