Published on in Vol 19, No 9 (2017): September

The Digital Divide and Health Disparities in China: Evidence From a National Survey and Policy Implications

The Digital Divide and Health Disparities in China: Evidence From a National Survey and Policy Implications

The Digital Divide and Health Disparities in China: Evidence From a National Survey and Policy Implications

Authors of this article:

Y Alicia Hong1, 2 Author Orcid Image ;   Zi Zhou1 Author Orcid Image ;   Ya Fang1 Author Orcid Image ;   Leiyu Shi3 Author Orcid Image

Journals

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