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SAPC Hot Topic: the importance of ‘health literacy’ in primary care

  • Gill Rowlands (a1) and Jo Protheroe (a2)
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Correspondence to: Dr Jo Protheroe, Senior Lecturer In General Practice, Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. Email:
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Primary Health Care Research & Development
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