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Table 2 Overview of themes and sub-themes that developed from the structural analysis of interviews with the high level decision-makers' experiences of being in ethically difficult situations.

From: Ethical challenges related to elder care. High level decision-makers' experiences

Themes Sub-themes
To be in a high position Aloneness and Loneliness
Uncertainty
Lack of confirmation
Scapegoat
To be in an exposed position Bombarded
Threats
To be strategic Avoiding difficult decisions
Handling different opinions
To live with divided feelings Loyalties vs. own conviction