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Table 1 Summary of themes and sub-themes

From: Clinicians’ views on working with anorexia nervosa and autism spectrum disorder comorbidity: a qualitative study

Theme Sub-Theme Participant endorsement
Therapist reactions to having a patient with ASD Lack of confidence 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
  Information seeking 2, 4, 5, 7
  Diagnostic referral 2, 4, 5, 8
Specific issues in treating comorbid ASD and AN Difficulty treating 1, 2, 4
  Communication problems 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9
  Emotions 1, 5, 8
  AN/ASD overlap 1, 2, 3, 7, 8
  Sensory 5
Techniques used to treat comorbid ASD/AN Patient-driven process 1, 2, 4, 7, 8
  Adaptations to therapy 1, 5, 9
  Adaptations to communicative style 2, 6, 9
  Specific modifications 1, 4, 5, 8, 9