Lisa Schwartz is co-director of the Center for Medicine and Media at The Dartmouth Institute and a general internist. She and research partner, Steven Woloshin, have worked to improve the communication of medical evidence to physicians, journalists, policymakers, and the public to help them see through excessive fear and hope created by exaggerated and selective reporting in medical journals, advertising, and the news.
Their research themes include: medicine in the media, the science of effective risk communication, prescription drugs, overdiagnosis, and the marketing of medicine. Schwartz’s seminal work helped establish the field of health-related numeracy. She and Woloshin created the "drug facts box", drug-benefit and harm-data summaries shown in clinical trials to improve consumer decision-making. The FDA's Risk Communication Advisory Committee unanimously endorsed the box and Congress directed FDA to consider it (S.3507 Affordable Care Act). While the FDA has not yet implemented boxes, they replicated Schwartz and Woloshin's findings, acknowledged to Congress that boxes influenced their Guidances and created the Trials Snapshots website with drug box content. Based on their work developing “risk charts" the National Cancer Institute created the Know Your Chances website.
Schwartz is a frequent contributor to major media outlets, including The Washington Post and New York Times and co-authored two books: Know Your Chances and Overdiagnosed. Schwartz and Woloshin lead the “Medicine in the Media” workshop with the NIH and have taught over 500 health journalists how to interpret and report medical research. In announcing that Schwartz and Woloshin received the 2017 McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association, President Lori Alexander said, “These two physicians are my heroes because of their commitment to improving the quality of messages directed at lay audiences.”
Schwartz is a founding member of the Steering Committee for Preventing Overdiagnosis, an annual, international conference, Advisory Board member of AllTrials, and collaborator in Informed Health Choices (improving critical thinking skills in schools).
She earned a BA from State University of New York, Binghamton, a MS from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and a MD from the New York University School of Medicine.
Kesselheim AS, Woloshin S, Lu Z, Tessema FA, Ross KM, Schwartz LM
J Gen Intern Med|2018 Oct 5
Brodersen J, Kramer BS, Macdonald H, Schwartz LM, Woloshin S
BMJ|2018 Aug 17
He X, Schifferdecker KE, Ozanne EM, Tosteson ANA, Woloshin S, Schwartz LM
J Gen Intern Med|2018 Jul 31
Wallach JD, Egilman AC, Dhruva SS, McCarthy ME, Miller JE, Woloshin S, Schwartz LM, Ross JS
BMJ|2018 May 24
Woloshin S, Schwartz LM
BMJ|2018 May 22
Survey Research Methods and Principles
This course introduces the basic skills needed to conduct and present survey research. It will focus on two aspects of such research: designing and administering a survey (primary data collection); and accessing, analyzing and reporting on data from publicly available national survey data (secondary data analysis). Topics covered will include survey design, sampling, validity, reliability, data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results. To reinforce practical skills, the course will include weekly computer labs, research in progress sessions to critique draft survey instruments, and a journal club to critically read articles reporting survey results.
Prerequisites: PH 139, 140 (and PH 100 preferred)