Funding for this research was provided by:
Research Trainees Coordinating Centre (DRF2009-02-068)
Text and Data Mining valid from 2018-09-05
Received: 9 January 2017
Accepted: 30 July 2018
First Online: 5 September 2018
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: The project was given ethical approval by the Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences Ethics Committee (00443/2011).Prior to consent the researcher explained the study verbally to all participants, and then all participants were provided with a written study participant information sheet which included details about: the study aims, anonymity and confidentiality, how their data would be stored, and how the data would be used and disseminated. Participants who agreed to take part gave verbal consent prior to interview. At the time of interview the study was again explained verbally and the participants had the opportunity to ask questions, verbal and written consent was then taken via the study consent form.
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