Funding for this research was provided by:
Joint Research Committee between St. Olavs Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine and Health sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2012/95 AND 2014/23203)
Received: 23 October 2017
Accepted: 20 March 2018
First Online: 2 April 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: EX-MET has been approved by the Regional Committee for Medical Research Ethics (REK 2011/2150). Oral and written informed consent is obtained from all participants before inclusion. Participation in the main study is not influenced by willingness to participate in sub-studies. The following local committees has also approved the study:Ethical committee at School of Physical Education and Sport of Ribeirao Preto (University of Sao Paulo).The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee.Comite de etica e investigacion en seres humandos del grupo hospitalario Kennedy Guayaquil – Ecuador.The ethical board of the Faculty of Medicine, Technical University of Munich.This study protocol does not report any results from this study, but the protocol and standard operating procedure are available.A steering committee has been appointed to dictate resolutions for major scientific and ethical questions. This committee developed the study protocol and is responsible for data collection, management, and publications derived from this study.Status of this study today are active but not recruiting.
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