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Funding: This article presents independent research commissioned by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)'s Research for Patient Benefit programme (PB-PG-0407-13241). The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the UK Department of Health.
We have no financial conflict of interest in the publication of this article. This study was unfunded substudy of the Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (ACIBS) trial which was funded by the UK's National Institute for Health Research's Research for Patient Benefit program. The main trial registration number is ISRCTN08827905.