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Implementing Remote Memory Clinics to Enhance Clinical Care During and After COVID-19

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Implementing Remote Memory Clinics to Enhance Clinical Care During and After COVID-19. / Owens, Andrew P; Ballard, Clive; Beigi, Mazda; Kalafatis, Chris; Brooker, Helen; Lavelle, Grace; Brønnick, Kolbjørn K; Sauer, Justin; Boddington, Steve; Velayudhan, Latha; Aarsland, Dag.

In: Frontiers in Psychiatry, Vol. 11, 579934, 18.09.2020, p. 579934.

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Owens, AP, Ballard, C, Beigi, M, Kalafatis, C, Brooker, H, Lavelle, G, Brønnick, KK, Sauer, J, Boddington, S, Velayudhan, L & Aarsland, D 2020, 'Implementing Remote Memory Clinics to Enhance Clinical Care During and After COVID-19', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol. 11, 579934, pp. 579934. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.579934

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Owens, A. P., Ballard, C., Beigi, M., Kalafatis, C., Brooker, H., Lavelle, G., Brønnick, K. K., Sauer, J., Boddington, S., Velayudhan, L., & Aarsland, D. (2020). Implementing Remote Memory Clinics to Enhance Clinical Care During and After COVID-19. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 579934. [579934]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.579934

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Owens AP, Ballard C, Beigi M, Kalafatis C, Brooker H, Lavelle G et al. Implementing Remote Memory Clinics to Enhance Clinical Care During and After COVID-19. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2020 Sep 18;11:579934. 579934. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.579934

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Owens, Andrew P ; Ballard, Clive ; Beigi, Mazda ; Kalafatis, Chris ; Brooker, Helen ; Lavelle, Grace ; Brønnick, Kolbjørn K ; Sauer, Justin ; Boddington, Steve ; Velayudhan, Latha ; Aarsland, Dag. / Implementing Remote Memory Clinics to Enhance Clinical Care During and After COVID-19. In: Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2020 ; Vol. 11. pp. 579934.

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