The National Horizon Scanning Centre (NHSC): Early warning for new and emerging health technologies in England

Published on Dec 1, 2005in Evidence-based Healthcare and Public Health
· DOI :10.1016/j.ehbc.2005.09.005
Claire Packer12
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(University of Birmingham)
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