Funding for this research was provided by:
Vetenskapsrådet (K2007-70X-20514-01-3, K2010-396 70X-20514-04-3, 2017-01327)
Asia Link (348-2006-6633)
Erasmus Mundus (Lot-15)
Received: 23 October 2019
Accepted: 28 April 2020
First Online: 13 May 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study was approved by the ethics committee of Ruxmaniben Deepchand Gardi Medical College, Ujjain (approval numbers- 41/2007, 114/2010, 311/2013).The data was collected from the patients’ records and thus the patients were not contacted, or corelated with the records at any stage of the study. Data was collected by specially trained nurses working at the NTH and the TH. Data was entered in computerized registers anonymously. For anonymizing, a unique code was given for each form, with no possibility to track the data to an individual person’s identity. These unique codes were used to perform the analysis. Moreover, the analyses were performed in groups and none of the patients were excluded based on their personal or demographic data. As per the observational study design, the study did not affect or cause any changes in the patients’ treatment. Thus, the institutional ethics committee revoked the clause to obtain a consent from the patients, to avoid direct contact with the patients.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.