Received: 17 February 2021
Accepted: 21 September 2021
First Online: 14 October 2021
: All the methods were performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Ethical approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board of the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University and the Research Ethics Committee of King’s College London (HR-15/16–2434). The information sheet contained all the details of the study and potential benefits and risks associated with being part of the study. Adequate amount of time was given to process the information, ask questions and no coercion to participate was implied. After the psychiatric nurse assessed the capacity to consent, for non-literate participants an independent witness confirmed to the potential participant that the information sheet has been conveyed accurately and signed to this effect. All people participating in this study were adults and had capacity to give informed consent. If the person was non-literate they signified their consent through a finger print, but an independent witness was present purely to confirm to the non-literate person that the information sheet had been read out and explained in keeping with what was written. This kind of recruitment have been approved by the WHO accredited Addis Ababa University research ethics committee. They were also assured that no matter what their decision was the treatment and the relationship with their clinician or the services of the health facility would not be affected. Informed consent and witnessed verbal consent (for non-literate participants) was sought after adequate information had been provided about the study. Confidentiality was maintained by storing the data in locked cabinets and password protected computers. The questionnaires were anonymised with a unique identification number.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.