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Table 1 Themes and subthemes related to patients’ escape

From: The reasons why patients abscond from public hospitals in southeastern Iran: a qualitative study

Economic factors Lack of insurance coverage
Lack of proper and complete insurance coverage
Inability to pay costs
Illegal foreigner patients
Patients’ social and behavioral factors Addiction
Suicide and illegitimate pregnancies
Free hospital services misconception
Nonsupportive families
Mental and psychological problems of patients
Hospital-related factors The horizontal building structure of hospitals and insufficient supervision
Not training and informing patients
Absence of an established process for pursuing a patient escape
Patients’ dissatisfaction with hospitals
Difficulties in the discharge process of the patients