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Personalized MedicineEmpowered Patients in the 21st Century?$
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Barbara Prainsack

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479814879

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479814879.001.0001

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Setting the Stage for Personalized Medicine

Setting the Stage for Personalized Medicine

(p.1) 1 Setting the Stage for Personalized Medicine
Personalized Medicine

Barbara Prainsack

NYU Press

With the help of today’s technological tools medicine has become much better at measuring individual difference. Personalized medicine—especially in its iteration of Precision Medicine—seeks to include ever wider types of information and data. Some people propose the use of remote and wearable sensors to monitor patients as continuously and comprehensively as possible. The hope is that health problems can be predicted in these data doubles before they manifest themselves in the bodies of actual patients, but such personalization also requires various contributions from patients, in the form of data, time, effort, and the willingness to be monitored unobtrusively. How do these developments “empower” patients, if at all?

Keywords:   personalized medicine, Precision Medicine, monitoring, wearable sensors, empowerment

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