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Drawing Arctic Circles

Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, UK.
Journal of Interprofessional Care (Impact Factor: 1.36). 01/2009; 23(5):511-3. DOI: 10.1080/13561820903178445
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