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Eric Lim 1,*, Rosie A Harris 2, Holly E McKeon 2, Timothy JP Batchelor 3, Joel Dunning 4, Michael Shackcloth 5, Vladimir Anikin 1, Babu Naidu 6, Elizabeth Belcher 7, Mahmoud Loubani 8, Vipin Zamvar 9, Lucy Dabner 2, Timothy Brush 2, Elizabeth A Stokes 10,11, Sarah Wordsworth 10,11, Sangeetha Paramasivan 12, Alba Realpe 12, Daisy Elliott 13, Jane Blazeby 13, Chris A Rogers 2

1 Academic Division of Thoracic Surgery, The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, London, UK
2 Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit, Bristol Trials Centre, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
3 Thoracic Surgery, Bristol Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, UK
4 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The James Cook University Hospital, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough, UK
5 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, UK
6 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
7 Cardiothoracic Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK
8 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, UK
9 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, UK
10 Health Economics Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
11 National Institute for Health and Care Research Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford, UK
12 Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
13 National Institute for Health and Care Research Bristol and Weston Biomedical Research Centre, Surgical Innovation Theme, Centre for Surgical Research, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
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