Funding for this research was provided by:
Norges Forskningsråd (234452)
Text and Data Mining valid from 2018-11-12
Received: 19 April 2018
Accepted: 29 October 2018
First Online: 12 November 2018
Ethical approval and consent to participate
: The Palestinian health research council (Reference no.: BHRC\HC\13\15), the Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics in South-Eastern Norway (REK 2014/1727) and the Norwegian Data Inspectorate (17/00082–2/GRA) reviewed and approved this study as health-quality research which can be implemented within the ordinary health services arrangements; as long it is done in accordance with common rules for health care services in Palestine and Norway regarding confidentiality and privacy. Due to political, cultural and practical challenges, the three ethics committees considered verbal consent valid as the advantages of the study exceeded the disadvantages of not having a written consent. Each woman provided a verbal consent before the study form was filled for her and before she was examined rectally or vaginally, knowing that she would receive the same care if she declined to any of these.
: Not applicable. No individual personal data were included.
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