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Table 1 Codes and categories extracted from the interviews

From: The perspectives of iranian physicians and patients towards patient decision aids: a qualitative study

Category Code
A: Realized benefits of using PDAs 1. Enhancing the psychological impact of treatment
2. Adherence to principles of medical ethics
3. Increasing patients’ accountability in clinical decision making
4. Patients’ treatment follow-up
5. Cost reduction
B: Patient- related barriers in using PDAs 1. Patients’ level of education and knowledge concerns
2. Patients’ cultural problems
C: Physician-related barriers in using PDAs 1. Lack of resources
2. Lack of an evaluation system for monitoring patients and physicians’ rights
3. Lack of an appropriate role model among medical instructors