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Decreases in diagnostic delay are supported by sensitivity analyses
  1. J Sørensen1,
  2. Merete Lund Hetland2,3
  1. 1SDU, Odense, Denmark
  2. 2DANBIO, Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Glostrup, Denmark
  3. 3Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Department of Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Professor Merete Lund Hetland, Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, DANBIO, Glostrup 2600, Denmark; merete.hetland{at}dadlnet.dk

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