The information needs and information-seeking behaviours of home-care workers and clients receiving home care

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The information needs and information-seeking behaviours of home-care workers and clients receiving home care. / Cooper, Janet; Urquhart, Christine.

Yn: Health Information and Libraries Journal, Cyfrol 22, Rhif 2, 01.06.2005, t. 107-116.

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Cooper, Janet ; Urquhart, Christine. / The information needs and information-seeking behaviours of home-care workers and clients receiving home care. Yn: Health Information and Libraries Journal. 2005 ; Cyfrol 22, Rhif 2. tt. 107-116.

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