Invited Commentary

Commentary on “Moral Controversy and Working with Colleagues with a Shared Ethical/Moral Outlook: A National Survey of US Primary Care Physicians”

Authors: David A. Fleming, MD, MA


The finding that in the midst of moral conflict, physicians who are more religious or with a high sense of calling may prefer to work most closely with colleagues who share similar ethical and moral perspectives is not entirely surprising, as detailed in the article by Choi and colleagues in this issue of the Southern Medical Journal.1

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1. Choi KJ, Tak HJ, Dwyer R, et al. Moral controversy and working with colleagues with a shared ethical/moral outlook: a national survey of US primary care physicians. South Med J 2019;112:457-461.
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