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NHS health trainers : a review of emerging evaluation evidence. / Attree, Pamela; Clayton, Steve; Karunanithi, Sithu; Nayak, S; Popay, Jennie; Read, Donald.

In: Critical Public Health, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2012, p. 25-38.

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Attree, P, Clayton, S, Karunanithi, S, Nayak, S, Popay, J & Read, D 2012, 'NHS health trainers: a review of emerging evaluation evidence', Critical Public Health, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 25-38. https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2010.549207

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Attree, P., Clayton, S., Karunanithi, S., Nayak, S., Popay, J., & Read, D. (2012). NHS health trainers: a review of emerging evaluation evidence. Critical Public Health, 22(1), 25-38. https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2010.549207

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Attree P, Clayton S, Karunanithi S, Nayak S, Popay J, Read D. NHS health trainers: a review of emerging evaluation evidence. Critical Public Health. 2012;22(1):25-38. https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2010.549207

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Attree, Pamela ; Clayton, Steve ; Karunanithi, Sithu ; Nayak, S ; Popay, Jennie ; Read, Donald. / NHS health trainers : a review of emerging evaluation evidence. In: Critical Public Health. 2012 ; Vol. 22, No. 1. pp. 25-38.

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