The Lisa Schwartz Foundation is a tribute to the wonderful life and work of Lisa Schwartz, a physician and researcher who dedicated her career to helping doctors, patients, journalists and policy makers understand the benefits, harms and limitations of medicine so they could make wiser decisions.
"What we are hoping to change in medical communication is for people to get closer to the truth. A lot of what you read about medicine sounds too good to be true, or sometimes even too bad to be true. Our goal has been to give people a realistic sense of what is known and what is not known – how hopeful or worried they should be. We want to provide understandable medical information that hasn’t been influenced by other interests and that isn’t trying to sell or promote anything.”
Lisa Schwartz, MD, MS
Without good information – and the skills to interpret it – health systems, payors, clinicians and patients cannot make wise decisions about medical tests, treatments and services.
Unfortunately, medical information is often needlessly complex, incomplete, misleading and exaggerated. Poor communication results in uninformed decisions leading to underuse of good care and overuse of marginal, wasteful or even harmful services.
The Lisa Schwartz Foundation is named after Lisa Schwartz, a generalist physician and pioneering researcher who dedicated her life to addressing the excessive fear and hope created by exaggerations and selective reporting in medical journals, advertising, and the health news. The Foundation was founded by Steven Woloshin, Lisa’s husband and research partner.
The goal of the Foundation is to help doctors, patients, journalists, policy makers and others understand the benefits, harms and limitations of medicine so they can make wiser decisions.