Table 2

Themes and subthemes from patient semistructured interviews regarding social and goal-based comparisons of diabetes health status

Main themesSubthemes
Self-relevanceImportance
Unique experience of disease
Personalized information*
Similarities to comparison target*
MotivationEnhanced motivation
Competitiveness*
Resignation or diminished motivation
Perceived self-efficacy
Sustained motivation*
Motivation unchanged
Self-conceptSelf-evaluation
Negatively affected
Positively affected
EmotionsNegative emotions
Positive emotions
Information seekingSelf-care information
Medication information
Online as source
Health professional as source
Other patients as source*
Medical careAppointment and referrals
Medical services
Straightforwardness
Self-careEnhanced self-care
Diminished self-care
  • *Unique to social comparisons.