ProPublica: The Family Wanted a Do Not Resuscitate Order. The Doctors Didn’t.

Dr. Schwarze was interviewed by Caroline Chen for this ProPublica article. You can read the full article here.

From the article:

The surgeons “expressed significant emotional reaction,” including “betrayal, unhappiness, disappointment,” Schwarze reported. They felt that there was an implicit contract that patients entered into when signing up for surgery. One surgeon put it this way: “There is a commitment made by both the patient and the surgeon to get through the operation, as well as all of the post-operative issues that come up.” While acknowledging that they were being “paternalistic” and contradicting the patient’s directives, several of the surgeons in the study said they would refuse to withdraw life support in Schwarze’s scenario.

A screenshot of the ProPublica article which depicts a cartoon image of m an in a suit holding a clipboard


New York Times: Frail Older Patients Struggle After Even Minor Operations


Dr. Schwarze was featured in this New York Times article about the post-operative care of frail older patients. In the article, she discusses The Patient Preferences Project’s Question Prompt List Intervention that can help patients ask meaningful questions when deciding if surgery is right for them. You can read the article here.

Screenshot of the New York Times article titled "Frail Older Patients Even After Minor Operations" featuring a sketch of a surgeon wearing a mask and holding up their gloved hands.