Funding for this research was provided by:
Environmental Protection Agency (2018-W-MS-33, 2018-W-MS-33, 2018-W-MS-33, 2018-W-MS-33)
Irish Research Council (COALESCE/2019/53, COALESCE/2019/53, COALESCE/2019/53, COALESCE/2019/53)
Received: 1 June 2021
Accepted: 22 August 2021
First Online: 28 August 2021
: With the exception of age, gender and minimal clinical data such as date of onset, no personal data, as defined by the Irish Health Research Regulations, were used for this research. The employed anonymisation protocol is considered equivalent to irreversible anonymisation, appropriate for release to academic researchers, as approved by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, and as such, informed consent was considered unnecessary, as set out in the Research Ethical Approval documents provided by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, comprising both data usage and epidemiological methodologies employed. Additionally, the authors can confirm that all methods and analyses have been carried out in accordance with the International Ethical Guidelines for Epidemiological Studies as stipulated in the conditions of the aforementioned project Ethical Approval document.
: All authors consent with study submission for publication.
: The authors declare they have no competing interests.