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Spouses who placed partners in care homes experienced emotional reactions to separation and made efforts to maintain their relationship

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  • Sources of funding: Swedish Foundation for Health Care Sciences and Allergy Research and Vårdal Foundation.

  • For correspondence:Mr J Sandberg, Department of Neuroscience and Locomotion, Division of Geriatrics, Linköping University, S-581 85 Linköping, Sweden. jonassandberg{at}