It is best practice that all eligible patients are approached for consent. However, it is anticipated that it may not be possible to approach all patients admitted to the study ward prior to their discharge or transfer to another ward. In this instance, Health Research Authority (HRA) approval including Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG) and Ethics approval has been given for enhanced data collection for patients who are unable to give consent due to:

  • only being admitted to the study ward for a short period during which it is not possible for all patients to be approached,
  • was off the ward at times when research staff were available to approach the patient to give consent.

Recruitment rates for questionnaire completion, and reasons for non-consent will be monitored using the enrolment log.