Translating Guidelines and Public Policy Into Optimal Health Care for Women: Carrots and Sticks

Department of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
Obstetrics and Gynecology (Impact Factor: 5.18). 05/2013; 121(5):923-6. DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e31828ea070
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