Funding for this research was provided by:
Center Administrative Expense from Nara Medical University
JSPS KAKENHI (JP17K09209)
Received: 15 October 2017
Accepted: 29 May 2018
First Online: 4 June 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was approved by the Nara Medical University Ethics Committee (approval numbers 939 and 991). All study participants provided signed informed consent. If the participant could not give informed consent due to reduced cognitive functioning, physical impairment, and/or severe illness, we asked a relative (normally a spouse or an adult child) to give a proxy consent for the person’s participation, and received written informed consent from a relative.
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