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The modified dental anxiety scale : UK general public population norms in 2008 with further psychometrics and effects of age. / Humphris, Gerald Michael; Dyer, Tom A; Robinson, Peter G.

In: BMC Oral Health, Vol. 9, 20, 26.08.2009.

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Humphris GM, Dyer TA, Robinson PG. The modified dental anxiety scale: UK general public population norms in 2008 with further psychometrics and effects of age. BMC Oral Health. 2009 Aug 26;9. 20. Available from, DOI: 10.1186/1472-6831-9-20

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Humphris, Gerald Michael; Dyer, Tom A; Robinson, Peter G / The modified dental anxiety scale : UK general public population norms in 2008 with further psychometrics and effects of age.

In: BMC Oral Health, Vol. 9, 20, 26.08.2009.

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