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Croat Med J. 2012 Aug;53(4):301-3.

An integrated framework of personalized medicine: from individual genomes to participatory health care.

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Department of Medical Psychology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


Promising research developments in both basic and applied sciences, such as genomics and participatory health care approaches, have generated widespread interest in personalized medicine among almost all scientific areas and clinicians. The term personalized medicine is, however, frequently used without defining a clear theoretical and methodological background. In addition, to date most personalized medicine approaches still lack convincing empirical evidence regarding their contribution and advantages in comparison to traditional models. Here, we propose that personalized medicine can only fulfill the promise of optimizing our health care system by an interdisciplinary and translational view that extends beyond traditional diagnostic and classification systems.

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