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Experience and perception of cataract training within the national health service and independent sector in the UK: a regional trainee survey

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Fig. 1: Survey responses.

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YC, DT, QM contributed to the study conception and design. Material preparation, data collection and analysis were performed by YC, NETRION, The first draft of the manuscript was written by YC, DT and QM commented on subsequent versions of the manuscript.

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Correspondence to Qasim Mansoor.

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Chen, Y., Ting, D.S.J., Mansoor, Q. et al. Experience and perception of cataract training within the national health service and independent sector in the UK: a regional trainee survey. Eye (2022).

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