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Table 1 Data colletion methods and topics

From: The impact of exercise training complementary to early intervention in patients with first-episode psychosis: a qualitative sub-study from a randomized controlled feasibility trial

Specific objective Data collection method Topics covered by interview/observation guide Data source Time frame
Participants’ motivation and expectations Individual semi-structured interview (n = 16) (1) motivation for participation, (2) expectations, (3) prior training experience Study participants Baseline (prior to randomisation)
Interaction within the intervention (group dynamic, norms) Participant observation (8 sessions × 1.5 h) (1) participants entering and exiting the room, (2) information to participants from instructors, (3) informal conversations, (4) non-verbal expressions (i.e. facial expressions and bodily movements), (5) physical surroundings (i.e. room, light, temperature) Intervention group and instructors During intervention (week 0–8)
Instructors’ experiences of their role and responsibilities Focus group discussion (n = 4) (1) expectations and prior coaching experience, (2) experience with the programme; (3) roles and authority, (4) advice for future instructors for patients with FEP Instructors After intervention (after 8 weeks)
Participants’ evaluation of the intervention Focus group discussion (n = 3) (1) advantages and disadvantages, (2) social norms and social cohesion, (3) relation to and role of instructors, (4) suggestions for improvement of the intervention Intervention group After intervention (after 8 weeks)
Possible impact and change in subjective wellbeing Individual semi-structured interview (n = 9) (1) the programme in general (positive and negative experiences), (2) social aspect of the training, (3) body and mind, (4) impact on symptoms and daily life Intervention group After intervention after 8 weeks)