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Founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown, the Lown Institute "addresses the growing crisis in healthcare in the USA, marked by undertreatment, mistreatment, no treatment, and overtreatment." (Wikipedia)



To restore the relationship between the doctor and patient, protect patients from overuse, underuse, and misuse of medical tests and treatments, and promote the social mission of medicine.


From Institute news, 2 members were published in the NY Timeshttp://lowninstitute.org/news/right-care-weekly/cosmetic-psychopharmacology-a-big-hit-for-the-nnt-and-our-first-regional-conference-rightcare-weekly/

The New York Times’ Room For Debate section offers an intriguing set of perspectives on “The State of the Prozac Nation,” discussing the consequences of the wide use of antidepressants like Prozac and their accompanying marketing campaigns. The authors, including Lisa Schwartz, MD, and Steve Woloshin, MD, acknowledge that these drugs offer great benefits to some patients. But at its worst, Prozac appears to have ushered in the era of “cosmetic psychopharmacology” and indication creep. The widespread use of the drugs outside the patient populations in which they were shown to be beneficial has exposed many patients, especially children, to potentially serious harm.


The Lown Institute wants you to Tell Your Story:




We want to hear from you.

Can you envision a world where the quality of health care received is not a function of economic status? Where clinicians have the time and support to serve as healers and advocates? Where patients are protected from unnecessary diagnosis, treatment, and harm? What does right care mean to you?


These five questions should serve as helpful prompts to telling your story.

  1. Can you describe a time when you (or a loved one) received good care? Compassionate care? What was that experience like?
  2. Can you describe an instance where you (or a loved one) received inadequate care? Care you didn’t need or didn’t want? What was that experience like?
  3. If you work in health care, can you describe what you like most about your job and what you wish could be different?
  4. What does good health care mean to you?
  5. Just imagine! If you could create a health care system from the ground-up, what would it be like? For the clinicians? The patients? The community?

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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