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Isolation of patients in psychiatric hospitals in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic : An ethical, legal, and practical challenge. / Brown, Christian; Ruck Keene, Alex; Hooper, Carwyn Rhys; O'Brien, Aileen.

In: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Vol. 71, 101572, 01.07.2020.

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Brown, C, Ruck Keene, A, Hooper, CR & O'Brien, A 2020, 'Isolation of patients in psychiatric hospitals in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: An ethical, legal, and practical challenge', International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, vol. 71, 101572. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2020.101572

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Brown, C., Ruck Keene, A., Hooper, C. R., & O'Brien, A. (2020). Isolation of patients in psychiatric hospitals in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: An ethical, legal, and practical challenge. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 71, [101572]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2020.101572

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Brown C, Ruck Keene A, Hooper CR, O'Brien A. Isolation of patients in psychiatric hospitals in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: An ethical, legal, and practical challenge. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 2020 Jul 1;71. 101572. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2020.101572

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Brown, Christian ; Ruck Keene, Alex ; Hooper, Carwyn Rhys ; O'Brien, Aileen. / Isolation of patients in psychiatric hospitals in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic : An ethical, legal, and practical challenge. In: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 2020 ; Vol. 71.

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