Funding for this research was provided by:
National Institute for Health Research
Received: 7 September 2020
Accepted: 8 April 2021
First Online: 5 July 2021
: Research ethics approval for the TIGER trial will be obtained once the protocol has been finalised. The activities outlined in this publication were at no stage designed to be, nor were they undertaken as research and were therefore not based on any research methodology. The main purpose, as outlined in ‘Results’, was to inform relevance, feasibility and acceptability of the TIGER trial by having conversations with those that will be affected by TIGER. These are CEI activities and the team used the CEI/PPI framework, GRIPP-2, to determine the quality. Patient and community contributors consented to participating in the CEI activities by either signature or thumb print. The Ghanaian team advised on doing this, as this meant that a significant amount of time before each conversation with the contributors was spent to explain the purpose of the conversation to follow. This allowed the team to be certain that patients and community members fully understood the reasons and intentions of the team, which was particularly important when the contributors did not speak English to eliminate concerns around miscommunication. Contributors then used their signature or thumb print to indicate clearly that they 1. Understood the intentions of the team, 2. Were happy to proceed with the activities, 3. Understood that they can say ‘No’ or refuse to provide input and feedback at any time, 4. Were happy for the conversation to be audio-recorded for note-taking purposes, 5. Were happy for their pictures to be taken and uploaded onto GSU webpages, 6. Were happy for the discussions to form part of a publication. Many did not consent to point 5. and did therefore not have their pictures taken.
: Anyone named in this publication has consented by either signing a consent form, or is part of the research team and has given verbal approval.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.