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Table 1 Overview of themes and subthemes that emerged from the structural analysis of interviews with the surgeons about ethical dilemmas.

From: Action ethical dilemmas in surgery: an interview study of practicing surgeons

Themes Subthemes
Treatment Starting or withholding treatment
Continuing or withdrawing treatment
Respecting the patients
Meeting patients expectations
Resolving differences in opinions Superior colleagues
Colleagues from other departments
Incompetent colleagues
Society Local limited resources
Laws and regulations
Global limited resources