Received: 6 August 2018
Accepted: 29 April 2019
First Online: 24 May 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethical approval was sought from the required research body, Mbale Regional Hospital Research and Ethics Research Committee (MRRH-REC). The study is registered with University College London (UCL); data protection number reference: Z6364106/2017/03/54. Due to the observational/ interview design of the study, there was no risk or harm to patients or healthcare professionals. Study subjects benefited through the opportunity to reflect on their own practice and analyse their own study setting in relation to oxygen supply and delivery. A platform has been provided for potential oxygen supply and delivery system improvement at each site and throughout Eastern Ugandan DGHs. Prior to the completion of the interviews/ focus group discussion or questionnaires, an informed consent form was completed by each participant, highlighting the benefits and risks of being enrolled in the study. All data is being held confidentially and personal identifiers were removed before analysis of the data and presentation of the results. To permit effective data comparison, hospital and job role were included in the data set. Lay summaries were distributed to all site teams on completion of the study.
: Ethical approval included consent for findings to be published in open access. Any future research using information from this study will first be approved by a local or national expert committee to make sure that the interests of participants and their communities are protected. The potential to share data is included on the informed consent form.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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