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  1. Andrew Wilcock1 and
  2. Sarah Charlesworth2
  1. 1Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Hayward House Study Centre,, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Sarah Charlesworth, Hayward House Study Centre,, Nottingham University Hospitals, City Campus, Hucknall Road, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK; s.charlesworth{at}

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