Group-Based and Personalized Care in an Age of Genomic and Evidence-Based Medicine: A Reappraisal

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 55 (1):137-154 (2012)
Individualized care and equality of care remain two imperatives for formulating any scientifically and morally informed public health policy. Yet both continue to be elusive goals, even in the age of genomics, proteomics, and evidence-based medicine. Nonetheless, with the rapid growth and improvement of human biotechnologies, the need to individualize therapies while allocating medical care equally may result partly from our biological constitution. Human beings are all unique, and their biological differences significantly influence variability in disease causation and therapeutic response to treatments. However, because humans have equal moral worth, there is no ethically justifiable reason to establish an a ..
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DOI 10.1353/pbm.2012.0006
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