Funding for this research was provided by:
Macmillan Cancer Support (Inclusion and diversity programme)
De Montfort University (n/a)
Received: 30 November 2018
Accepted: 30 June 2019
First Online: 10 July 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was approved by the Health & Life Sciences ethics committee of De Montfort University (ref. 1538). In order to conduct the study in hospital settings, we applied for National Health Service (NHS) Ethics through the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) and NHS Research & Development for each hospital site which was approved before data collection commenced (please see Additional file InternalRef removed). Part of the approval process included the requirement for all of the research team to undertake Good Clinical Practice and Informed Consent training. Participants were provided with information to enable them to make an informed decision to participate and completed a six-item informed consent form. All data were securely stored and participants’ names and other details are appropriately anonymised.
: The informed consent form included an item which asked for agreement for their anonymised data to be published.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.