Table 5. Exemplar quotations from participants: perceived barriers and motivations to practising self-care and attending a mindfulness intervention
Major themesMinor themesExemplar quotations
BarriersConcept of mindfulness 'I find mindfulness an odd concept because it’s probably something that people didn’t think about 20 years ago .' (Focus group 1, R5)
'I might talk about mindfulness or something as a strategy to manage a patient and it wouldn’t be the first time where I’ve seen somebody of an older age roll their eyes, you know, as a response to something that I’d suggested to a patient.' (Focus group 1, R4)
Fear of introspection '… there might be people who are on the cusp of being in a really, really bad mental state, who might be that, you know, the swamp underneath, paddling like crazy just to get through. And those people might avoid doing something like this because they think if they just open the box a little bit, it might spill out.' (Focus group 1, R2)
Time 'I agree with that, I think it, I think a lot of us are aware of strategies that might help, but it’s about having time to put those into place with busy working lives, home lives.' (Focus group 2, R2)
MotivatorsDesired benefits 'I’m hoping it will improve my mental state, that it will give me more tools to better cope with life, my own life and my patients’ lives and make my kids ... my wife sort of like, she can take care of herself, that’s what I’m hoping.' (Focus group 1, R4)
Necessity for mindfulness training when working 'I think it [resilience training] should be more, once you’re actually working in the environment you work in, it would be more useful, but if it’s kind of put [to the test] dealing with, how to deal with complaints, how to ... it’s kind of facing, “That stuff’s going to happen, this is how you deal with it.”' (Focus group 2, R6)