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Interpersonal Dimensions of Personalized Medicine for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Smith, Helen E. and Jones, Christina (2018) Interpersonal Dimensions of Personalized Medicine for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease In: Implementing Precision Medicine in Best Practices of Chronic Airway Diseases. Academic Press, pp. 153-158. ISBN 978-0-12-813471-9

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Personalized medicine has the potential to greatly benefit healthcare, but may also bring unintended complexities to the doctor-patient consultation. Delivering the right intervention, to the right patient, at the right time is highly desirable, but in the process we must ensure that technological advancement does not erode the traditional relationship between patient and doctor. To date the interpersonal dimensions of personalized medicine have been neglected. However, in this chapter we speculate on how personalized medicine may impact the doctor–patient relationship. Unintended consequences of pharmacogenomics may include loss of trust in health professionals, poorer adherence to lifestyle changes together with the distress arising from unwanted findings. At a societal level there could emerge a two-tier medical service, widening health inequalities. For maximum benefit, the implementation of pharmacogenomics must be incorporated into clinical care in ways that strengthen our professional relationship with our patients, and not to weaken them.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Smith, Helen E.
Date : 26 September 2018
DOI : 10.1016/B978-0-12-813471-9.00025-6
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : COPD; Asthma; Personalized medicine; Pharmaco-genomics; Patients; Consultations; Interpersonal; Holistic; Adherance
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 21 Mar 2019 08:28
Last Modified : 21 Mar 2019 08:28

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