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The trial closed early because challenges with recruitment, retention and delivery of the intervention compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that the study as proposed was not feasible.

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Caroline Watkins 1,2,*, Svetlana Tishkovskaya 1, Chris Brown 1, Chris Sutton 3, Yvonne Sylvestre Garcia 3, Denise Forshaw 1, Gordon Prescott 1, Lois Thomas 2, Christine Roffe 4, Joanne Booth 5, Kina Bennett 6, Brenda Roe 7, Bruce Hollingsworth 8, Ceu Mateus 8, David Britt 9,, Cliff Panton 10

1 Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit, Applied Health Research Hub, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
2 Faculty of Health and Care, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
3 Centre for Biostatistics, Division of Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
4 Research Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
5 Research Centre for Health, School of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK
6 Centre for Health Research and Innovation, NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston, UK
7 Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK
8 Division of Health Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
9 , Chester, UK
10 , Manchester, UK
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