Table 2

Scheme of the qualitative data analysis


Meaning unit

ICF category


If you think about your body, what functional problems do you have?

Patient A:

I used to go to sports very often. Now I can't anymore. I even had to quit swimming

Restriction of sports Quit swimming

d9201 sports d4554 swimming

Patient B:

Exactly! I also had to quit swimming.

Patient C:

I can no longer cycle. (...)

Quit cycling

d4750 driving human-powered transportation


If you think about your body, where are your biggest problems?

Patient C:

Toes, ankle joints, knee joints, fingers


Ankle joints

s7502 structure of ankle & foot

s75021 ankle joint & joints of foot and toes

Knee joints

s75011 knee joint


s7302 structure of hand

Patient A:

What bothers me are my wrists. (...)


s73021 joints of hand and fingers

The transcription undergoes qualitative analysis to derive a meaning unit that is then linked to an International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) category.

Coenen et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2006 8:R84   doi:10.1186/ar1956

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