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Table 3 Unifying themes and contributing sub-themes from patient/consumer papers

From: What do people really think of generic medicines? A systematic review and critical appraisal of literature on stakeholder perceptions of generic drugs

Theme Sub-themes Examples of contributing papers
Patients’ lack of confidence in generic medicines a. Scepticism [18, 20, 59, 63, 65, 66, 6872, 7679, 81]
b. Provision of poor or poorly understood information [19, 59, 63, 70, 7779]
c. Concerns regarding packaging and/or appearance of generic medicines [59, 63, 65, 66, 69, 70, 75]
Patients’ actual experiences in using generic medicines a. Poor experience [59, 60, 63, 65, 72, 76, 81]
b. Not exclusively negative [18, 59, 60, 65, 66, 73]
c. Difficulties associated with treatment adherence or compliance [63, 66, 70, 72, 75, 81]
Factors influencing patient acceptance of generic medicines a. Patient involvement in decision-making [19, 20, 65, 66, 76]
b. Advanced age incompatible with generic use [60, 73]
c. Income/education level [68, 69, 77]
d. Severity of illness/drug type [19, 63, 68, 69, 77, 78, 81, 83]
e. Nocebo [17, 59]
Provision of information and education regarding generic medicines a. Education and support [19, 60, 63, 66, 68, 72, 74, 75, 79, 83]
b. Source of information, including physician versus pharmacist [70, 71, 78]