Personalized health in a public health perspective

Satyamoorthy, K (2018) Personalized health in a public health perspective. International Journal of Public Health, 63 (4). pp. 433-434. ISSN 1661-8556

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The completion of the Human Genome Project signaled the advent of genomic medicine, which was enthusiastically anticipated to make ‘personalized health’ a reality. The term ‘personalized health’ connotes a complete focus on the individualization of health care, implicitly prioritizing the individual benefit over the public one. On the other hand, modern public health has been conceptualized as any form of collective action that focuses on the improvement of populations’ health (Porter 1998). The seeming contradiction has triggered a fervent public debate between proponents of the complementarity of the two notions, who argue that personalized approaches are an essential element of modern public health and sceptics, who argue that personalized medicine will not remedy, but rather increase existing health inequalities (Brand et al. 2016; Bayer and Galea 2015). In this sense, the conference of Public Health Switzerland 2017, titled ‘Personalized Health from a Public Health Perspective’, lies at the heart of the contemporary discourse.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Life Sciences > MLSC Manipal
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 10:54
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 10:54

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