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Renegotiating relationships: Theorising shared experiences of dementia within the dyadic career

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Renegotiating relationships : Theorising shared experiences of dementia within the dyadic career. / Fletcher, James.

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Fletcher, J 2018, 'Renegotiating relationships: Theorising shared experiences of dementia within the dyadic career', Dementia. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301218785511

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Fletcher, J. (2018). Renegotiating relationships: Theorising shared experiences of dementia within the dyadic career. Dementia. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301218785511

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Fletcher J. Renegotiating relationships: Theorising shared experiences of dementia within the dyadic career. Dementia. 2018 Jul 2. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301218785511

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Fletcher, James. / Renegotiating relationships : Theorising shared experiences of dementia within the dyadic career. In: Dementia. 2018.

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