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An introduction to data and information in health and social care
An introduction to data and information in health and social care

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This free course was written by Paul Carlin and Donna Gallagher (Staff Tutors at The Open University), and Claire Buchner (Assistant Director Digital Health & Nursing, DHCNI [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] & Public Health Agency, NI).

It was adapted from a previous version of the course titled An introduction to data and information, which was published in 2012.

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