About the Authors

Khaled Shawwa

Affiliation Clinical Research Institute, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Romy Kallas

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Serge Koujanian

Affiliation Faculty of Medicine, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon

Arnav Agarwal

Affiliation Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Ignacio Neumann

Affiliations Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Department of Internal Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Paul Alexander

Affiliation Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Kari A. O. Tikkinen

Affiliation Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Gordon Guyatt

Affiliation Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Elie A. Akl

ea32@aub.edu.lb

Affiliations Department of Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: EAA KAOT GG. Performed the experiments: KS RK SK AA IN PA. Analyzed the data: EAA KS. Wrote the paper: EAA KS. Manuscript review and approval: KS RK SK AA IN PA KAOT GG EAA.