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Evaluating a primary care counselling service: outcomes and issues

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Evaluating a primary care counselling service : outcomes and issues. / Greasley, Pete; Small, Neil.

In: Primary Health Care Research and Development, Vol. 6, No. 2, 04.2005, p. 125-136.

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Greasley, P & Small, N 2005, 'Evaluating a primary care counselling service: outcomes and issues', Primary Health Care Research and Development, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 125-136. https://doi.org/10.1191/1463423605pc206oa

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Greasley, P., & Small, N. (2005). Evaluating a primary care counselling service: outcomes and issues. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 6(2), 125-136. https://doi.org/10.1191/1463423605pc206oa

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Greasley P, Small N. Evaluating a primary care counselling service: outcomes and issues. Primary Health Care Research and Development. 2005 Apr;6(2):125-136. https://doi.org/10.1191/1463423605pc206oa

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Greasley, Pete ; Small, Neil. / Evaluating a primary care counselling service : outcomes and issues. In: Primary Health Care Research and Development. 2005 ; Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 125-136.

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