The first study to examine religious identity and workplace discrimination against American Muslim doctors found that nearly half felt more scrutiny at work compared to their peers, and nearly one in four said they experienced religious discrimination during their careers.

Almost 10 percent of the physicians said patients had refused their care because they are Muslim, according to the new study.

These experiences predate the anti-Muslim rhetoric that is now being voiced most loudly by GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump -- which makes the  physicians' accounts all the more concerning, the study's lead author said Thursday.

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