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Gendered communicative construction of patients in consultation settings. / Hedegaard, Joel; Ahl, Helene; Rovio-Johansson, Airi; Siouta, Eleni.

In: Women & health, Vol. 54, No. 6, 2014, p. 513-529.

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Hedegaard, J, Ahl, H, Rovio-Johansson, A & Siouta, E 2014, 'Gendered communicative construction of patients in consultation settings', Women & health, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 513-529. https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2014.903551

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Hedegaard, J., Ahl, H., Rovio-Johansson, A., & Siouta, E. (2014). Gendered communicative construction of patients in consultation settings. Women & health, 54(6), 513-529. https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2014.903551

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Hedegaard, Joel ; Ahl, Helene ; Rovio-Johansson, Airi ; Siouta, Eleni. / Gendered communicative construction of patients in consultation settings. In: Women & health. 2014 ; Vol. 54, No. 6. pp. 513-529.

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