Funding for this research was provided by:
Colt Foundation (Not known)
Medical Research Council Canada (MRC_MC_UU_12011/5)
Arthritis Research UK (20665)
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Received: 4 September 2018
Accepted: 5 March 2019
First Online: 28 March 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethical approval for data collection in the UK was provided by the Health and Safety Executive Research Ethics Committee. In India, the protocol for data collection was approved by the chairman of the ethics committee at the PD Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai, who judged that it did not need to be reviewed by the full committee. No further approval was needed for the analysis presented in this report since it did not involve any new data collection, and it fell within the scope of the objectives of the original investigation (to compare the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain and associated disability in the occupational groups surveyed, and their association with risk factors). All participants provided informed consent, having been given a written information sheet about the study one week earlier. Consent in the UK was written, but in India, verbal consent was considered culturally more acceptable, and that was approved as part of the protocol.
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