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Managing moral distress in practice

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Moral distress is a type of distress that results from engaging in, or failing to prevent, decisions and actions which conflict with one’s personal values and beliefs. Moral distress occurs commonly in veterinary practice. This article describes moral distress, reviews its incidence in healthcare professions, particularly the veterinary profession, explores the potential impacts on veterinarians, and discusses strategies for coping with and preventing moral distress.

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