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Table 1 Interview topic guide

From: Interpreting outcome following foot surgery in people with rheumatoid arthritis

a) Can you start by telling me a bit about your arthritis?
b) Tell me about the pain in your feet and how it effects you?
c) Can you tell me about the operation you had on your foot?
d) What was important to you when you decided to have the operation?
e) Was the operation successful in your opinion?
f) Did you do anything that you did effected the outcome of the operation, or do you think the success/failure of the operation was all down to the surgeon?
g) What was the worst part of having the operation?
h) Did anything about the operation surprise you?
i) What do you think having the operation on your foot has changed?
j) What things are important to you when you are deciding whether the operation on your foot was successful?
k) Knowing what you know now, would you have the operation again?
l) Do you have anything else you would like to mention that we haven’t discussed?