Knowledge matters : producing and using knowledge to navigate healthcare systems. / Willis, Karen; Collyer, Fran; Lewis, Sophie; Gabe, Jonathan; Flaherty, Ian; Calnan, Michael.

In: Health Sociology Review, Vol. 25, No. 2, 20.04.2016, p. 202-216.

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Knowledge matters : producing and using knowledge to navigate healthcare systems. / Willis, Karen; Collyer, Fran; Lewis, Sophie; Gabe, Jonathan; Flaherty, Ian; Calnan, Michael.

In: Health Sociology Review, Vol. 25, No. 2, 20.04.2016, p. 202-216.

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Willis, K, Collyer, F, Lewis, S, Gabe, J, Flaherty, I & Calnan, M 2016, 'Knowledge matters: producing and using knowledge to navigate healthcare systems', Health Sociology Review, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 202-216. https://doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2016.1170624

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Willis, K., Collyer, F., Lewis, S., Gabe, J., Flaherty, I., & Calnan, M. (2016). Knowledge matters: producing and using knowledge to navigate healthcare systems. Health Sociology Review, 25(2), 202-216. https://doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2016.1170624

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Willis K, Collyer F, Lewis S, Gabe J, Flaherty I, Calnan M. Knowledge matters: producing and using knowledge to navigate healthcare systems. Health Sociology Review. 2016 Apr 20;25(2):202-216. https://doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2016.1170624

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Willis, Karen ; Collyer, Fran ; Lewis, Sophie ; Gabe, Jonathan ; Flaherty, Ian ; Calnan, Michael. / Knowledge matters : producing and using knowledge to navigate healthcare systems. In: Health Sociology Review. 2016 ; Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 202-216.

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