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Table 7 Focus group quotations

From: Recipients’ and providers’ perspectives of obesity and potential barriers to weight management programmes in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): a qualitative study

“You know, you start talking about it [obesity] and you feel it’s a very personal issue, and I don’t know, I just start to change the subject because you want them [patients] to be engaged in the process [weight loss] you don’t want them [the patients] to be put off. It’s difficult”. (P9 Doctor)
“I watch them drink the tea and put in a lot of sugar. I said that “If you know you’re overweight so you should reduce [sugar intake].” But they say, “I can’t. I can’t.” It’s a habit. They know they should do but it’s hard to change”. (P5 Podiatrist)
“And then, you know, you try to…send them [patients] to specialist physio, because they think this is the best exercise they could get and then of course they have to wait twelve months for an appointment, which...even if they have started to be engaged then you know, they can’t be engaged anymore because they have to wait a year. Because they can’t be seen”. (P7 Nurse)
“I’m not going to sit down and interact I don’t have the time to talk about these things [weight loss] with the patients. But I think they [patient] should address those things themselves because it’s their responsibility at the end of the day”. (P6 Nurse)
“But at the end of the day you have a massive public health problem with weight and you have to do something about it.” (P9 Doctor)