Rachel Schwartz, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Anesthesia
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    VA Palo Alto Health Care System / Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA2019Health Services Research & Development Fellowship
    AcademyHealth Fellowship, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA2016Delivery System Science Fellowship
    McGill University, Montreal, QuebecPhD2015Communication Sciences & Disorders
    UCLA, Los Angeles, CABA2008Linguistics

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    Dr. Rachel Schwartz is a mixed-methods Communication Scientist and Health Services Researcher focused on system-level interventions for improving clinician retention and well-being, optimizing interprofessional team communication, efficiency of practice, and patient safety.

    She is the lead editor of Emotion in the Clinical Encounter (McGraw Hill, 2021), a medical education textbook that provides clinicians with tools for navigating psychosocial aspects of the medical encounter.

    Additional areas of interest include improving mentoring & sponsorship in academic medicine, exploring the unique professional needs of physician-scientists, and providing research mentorship on projects focusing on global health and underserved populations.
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    1. Developing a feedback-rich culture in academic medicine: the effect of coaching and 360-feedback on physician leadership. BMC Med Educ. 2022 Oct 24; 22(1):733. Schwartz R, Weimer-Elder B, Wilkins E, Deka D, Wong S, Dang BK, Brown R, Kline M, Kwan L. PMID: 36280819; PMCID: PMC9590387.
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    2. Retaining Providers with Women's Health Expertise: Decreased Provider Loss Among VHA Women's Health Faculty Development Program Attendees. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 09; 37(Suppl 3):786-790. Farkas AH, Merriam S, Frayne S, Hardman L, Schwartz R, Kolehmainen C. PMID: 36042098; PMCID: PMC9427435.
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    3. Reply to "Empathic communication: The premise of inclusive care for historically excluded populations". Cancer. 2022 07 15; 128(14):2838-2839. Schwartz R, Blanch-Hartigan D, Valbuena G, Weil A, Dubey M, Catzen HZ, Hall JA, Sanders JJ. PMID: 35471702.
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    4. Physicians, emotion, and the clinical encounter: A survey of physicians' experiences. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 07; 105(7):2299-2306. Schwartz R, Osterberg LG, Hall JA. PMID: 35287992.
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    5. Empathy, an important but problematic concept. J Soc Psychol. 2022 Jan 02; 162(1):1-6. Hall JA, Schwartz R. PMID: 34978951.
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    6. The effect of a relationship-centered communication program on patient experience and provider wellness. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 07; 105(7):1988-1995. Altamirano J, Kline M, Schwartz R, Fassiotto M, Maldonado Y, Weimer-Elder B. PMID: 34772532.
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    7. Emotion in the Clinical Encounter. 2021. Schwartz, Rachel Hall, Judith A. Osterberg, Lars G. View Publication.
    8. Using ethnographic methods to classify the human experience in medicine: a case study of the presence ontology. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 08 13; 28(9):1900-1909. Maitra A, Kamdar MR, Zulman DM, Haverfield MC, Brown-Johnson C, Schwartz R, Israni ST, Verghese A, Musen MA. PMID: 34151988; PMCID: PMC8363802.
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    9. What is empathy? Oncology patient perspectives on empathic clinician behaviors. Cancer. 2021 Nov 15; 127(22):4258-4265. Sanders JJ, Dubey M, Hall JA, Catzen HZ, Blanch-Hartigan D, Schwartz R. PMID: 34351620.
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    10. Physician empathy according to physicians: A multi-specialty qualitative analysis. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 10; 104(10):2425-2431. Schwartz R, Dubey M, Blanch-Hartigan D, Sanders JJ, Hall JA. PMID: 34330597.
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    11. Harnessing the Chaplain's Capacity to Identify Unmet Palliative Needs of Vulnerable Older Adults in the Emergency Department. J Palliat Care. 2022 Oct; 37(4):480-485. Hamill Howard E, Schwartz R, Feldstein B, Grudzen M, Klein L, Piderman KM, Wang D. PMID: 33818162.
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    12. What is clinical empathy? Perspectives of community members, university students, cancer patients, and physicians. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 05; 104(5):1237-1245. Hall JA, Schwartz R, Duong F, Niu Y, Dubey M, DeSteno D, Sanders JJ. PMID: 33234440.
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    13. Retaining VA Women's Health Primary Care Providers: Work Setting Matters. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 03; 36(3):614-621. Schwartz R, Frayne SM, Friedman S, Romodan Y, Berg E, Haskell SG, Shaw JG. PMID: 33063204; PMCID: PMC7947068.
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    14. How do laypeople define empathy? J Soc Psychol. 2021 Jan 02; 161(1):5-24. Hall JA, Schwartz R, Duong F. PMID: 32870130.
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    15. Addressing Postpandemic Clinician Mental Health : A Narrative Review and Conceptual Framework. Ann Intern Med. 2020 12 15; 173(12):981-988. Schwartz R, Sinskey JL, Anand U, Margolis RD. PMID: 32822206; PMCID: PMC7450528.
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    16. Can Patient-Provider Interpersonal Interventions Achieve the Quadruple Aim of Healthcare? A Systematic Review. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 07; 35(7):2107-2117. Haverfield MC, Tierney A, Schwartz R, Bass MB, Brown-Johnson C, Zionts DL, Safaeinili N, Fischer M, Shaw JG, Thadaney S, Piccininni G, Lorenz KA, Asch SM, Verghese A, Zulman DM. PMID: 31919725; PMCID: PMC7351919.
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    17. Practices to Foster Physician Presence and Connection With Patients in the Clinical Encounter. JAMA. 2020 01 07; 323(1):70-81. Zulman DM, Haverfield MC, Shaw JG, Brown-Johnson CG, Schwartz R, Tierney AA, Zionts DL, Safaeinili N, Fischer M, Thadaney Israni S, Asch SM, Verghese A. PMID: 31910284.
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    18. Developing institutional infrastructure for physician wellness: qualitative Insights from VA physicians. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Jan 03; 20(1):7. Schwartz R, Shanafelt TD, Gimmler C, Osterberg L. PMID: 31900137; PMCID: PMC6942336.
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    19. What is clinician presence? A qualitative interview study comparing physician and non-physician insights about practices of human connection. BMJ Open. 2019 11 03; 9(11):e030831. Brown-Johnson C, Schwartz R, Maitra A, Haverfield MC, Tierney A, Shaw JG, Zionts DL, Safaeinili N, Thadaney Israni S, Verghese A, Zulman DM. PMID: 31685506; PMCID: PMC6858153.
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    20. Neurologist Strategies for Optimizing the Parkinson's Disease Clinical Encounter. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2019 09; 32(5):246-256. Schwartz R, Trivedi R, Gray C, Lorenz KA, Zulman D. PMID: 31046525.
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    21. Transdisciplinary Strategies for Physician Wellness: Qualitative Insights from Diverse Fields. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 07; 34(7):1251-1257. Schwartz R, Haverfield MC, Brown-Johnson C, Maitra A, Tierney A, Bharadwaj S, Shaw JG, Azimpour F, Thadaney Israni S, Verghese A, Zulman DM. PMID: 31037542; PMCID: PMC6614234.
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    22. "It's a disease of families": Neurologists' insights on how to improve communication and quality of life for families of Parkinson's disease patients. Chronic Illn. 2020 09; 16(3):201-211. Schwartz R, Zulman D, Gray C, Goldstein MK, Trivedi R. PMID: 30208725.
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    23. Empathy present and future. J Soc Psychol. 2019; 159(3):225-243. Hall JA, Schwartz R. PMID: 29781776.
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    24. Changing the Game for Hand Hygiene Conversations. Hosp Pediatr. 2018 03; 8(3):168-169. Schwartz R, Sharek PJ. PMID: 29437888.
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    25. Unaltered emotional experience in Parkinson's disease: Pupillometry and behavioral evidence. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2018 04; 40(3):303-316. Schwartz R, Rothermich K, Kotz SA, Pell MD. PMID: 28669253.
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    26. When emotion and expression diverge: The social costs of Parkinson's disease. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2017 Apr; 39(3):211-230. Schwartz R, Pell MD. PMID: 27548715.
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    27. Emotional speech processing at the intersection of prosody and semantics. PLoS One. 2012; 7(10):e47279. Schwartz R, Pell MD. PMID: 23118868; PMCID: PMC3485297.
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