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Caring for quality of care: symbolic violence and the bureaucracies of audit

  • Nathan Emmerich1Email author,
  • Deborah Swinglehurst2,
  • Jo Maybin3,
  • Sophie Park4 and
  • Sally Quilligan5
BMC Medical Ethics201516:23

Received: 27 August 2014

Accepted: 16 February 2015

Published: 8 May 2015

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16 Feb 2015 Editorially accepted
8 May 2015 Article published 10.1186/s12910-015-0006-z

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Authors’ Affiliations

School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK
The King’s Fund, London, UK
Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, UCL Medical School, London, UK
University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge, UK