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How the psychosocial context of clinical trials differs from usual care: A qualitative study of acupuncture patients

By Fiona Barlow, Clare Scott, Beverly Coghlan, Philippa Lee, Peter White, George T Lewith and Felicity L Bishop
Topics: Research Article
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