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  1. FD Richard Hobbs1,
  2. Jenny Doust2,
  3. Jonathan Mant3,
  4. Martin R Cowie4
  1. 1University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, Queensland, Australia
  3. 3Department of Primary Health Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  4. 4National Heart & Lung Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to FD Richard Hobbs, Primary Care Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; f.d.r.hobbs{at}bham.ac.uk

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