Funding for this research was provided by:
Forum for Ethical Review Committees in the Asian and Western Pacific region
Research Grant under Adhoc Research Scheme from Indian Council of Medical Research
Faculty of Medicine Universitas Gadjah Mada Grants
Philippine Health Research Ethics Network
Text and Data Mining valid from 2018-09-15
Received: 15 May 2018
Accepted: 28 August 2018
First Online: 15 September 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study protocol and related documents obtained ethical approval from local ethics committees prior to the commencement of the survey in each center. The full name of ethics committee(s) that approved the study in each country is as follows: India – Institutional Ethics Committee, National Center for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR); National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH) Ethics Committee for Clinical Studies; Institutional Ethics Committee, ICMR – National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) Institutional Ethics Committee; and Institutional Ethics Committee, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences; Indonesia – Medical and Health Research Ethics Committee Faculty of Medicine Universitas Gadjah Mada – Dr. Sardjito General Hospital; Malaysia – Medical Research and Ethics Committee (MREC); Philippines – University of the Philippines Manila Research Ethics Board; Lung Center of the Philippines Institutional Ethics Review Board; Makati Medical Center Institutional Review Board; Manila Doctors Hospital Institutional Review Board; National Kidney and Transplant Institute Research Ethics Committee; Philippine Heart Center Institutional Ethics Review Committee; St. Luke’s Medical Center Institutional Ethics Review Committee; and Veterans Memorial Medical Center Institutional Review Board; Sri Lanka – Ethics Review Committee, Sri Lanka Medical Association; Taiwan – Institutional Review Board, Cathay General Hospital; Thailand – Khon Kaen University Ethics Committee in Human Research; and Human Research Ethics Committee of Thammasat University No.1 (Faculty of Medicine). Participants were informed about this survey and consent was obtained by action, i.e., the participants voluntarily answered the questionnaire and returned it to the collection box by themselves.
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