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Ageing with telecare: care or coercion in austerity?

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Ageing with telecare : care or coercion in austerity? / Mort, Margaret; Roberts, Celia; Callen, Blanca.

In: Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 35, No. 6, 07.2013, p. 799-812.

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Mort, Margaret ; Roberts, Celia ; Callen, Blanca. / Ageing with telecare : care or coercion in austerity?. In: Sociology of Health and Illness. 2013 ; Vol. 35, No. 6. pp. 799-812.

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