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A Smartphone App Designed to Empower Patients to Contribute Toward Safer Surgical Care: Community-Based Evaluation Using a Participatory Approach

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A Smartphone App Designed to Empower Patients to Contribute Toward Safer Surgical Care : Community-Based Evaluation Using a Participatory Approach. / Russ, Stephanie; Latif, Zahira ; Leah , Ahmarah ; Ogunmuyiwa , Helen ; Tapper , Josephine; Wachuku-King, Sylvia; Sevdalis, Nick; Ocloo, Josephine.

In: JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Vol. 8, No. 1, e12859, 20.01.2020, p. e12859.

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Russ, S, Latif, Z, Leah , A, Ogunmuyiwa , H, Tapper , J, Wachuku-King, S, Sevdalis, N & Ocloo, J 2020, 'A Smartphone App Designed to Empower Patients to Contribute Toward Safer Surgical Care: Community-Based Evaluation Using a Participatory Approach', JMIR mHealth and uHealth, vol. 8, no. 1, e12859, pp. e12859. https://doi.org/10.2196/12859

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Russ, S., Latif, Z., Leah , A., Ogunmuyiwa , H., Tapper , J., Wachuku-King, S., ... Ocloo, J. (2020). A Smartphone App Designed to Empower Patients to Contribute Toward Safer Surgical Care: Community-Based Evaluation Using a Participatory Approach. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 8(1), e12859. [e12859]. https://doi.org/10.2196/12859

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Russ S, Latif Z, Leah A, Ogunmuyiwa H, Tapper J, Wachuku-King S et al. A Smartphone App Designed to Empower Patients to Contribute Toward Safer Surgical Care: Community-Based Evaluation Using a Participatory Approach. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 2020 Jan 20;8(1):e12859. e12859. https://doi.org/10.2196/12859

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Russ, Stephanie ; Latif, Zahira ; Leah , Ahmarah ; Ogunmuyiwa , Helen ; Tapper , Josephine ; Wachuku-King, Sylvia ; Sevdalis, Nick ; Ocloo, Josephine. / A Smartphone App Designed to Empower Patients to Contribute Toward Safer Surgical Care : Community-Based Evaluation Using a Participatory Approach. In: JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 2020 ; Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. e12859.

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