Personalized genomic medicine and the rhetoric of empowerment

Hastings Cent Rep. 2012 Sep-Oct;42(5):34-40. doi: 10.1002/hast.65.


Advocates of “personalized” genomic medicine maintain that it is revolutionary not just in what it can reveal to us, but in how it will enable us to take control of our health. But we should not assume that patient empowerment always yields positive outcomes. To assess the social impact of personalized medicine, we must anticipate how the virtue might go awry in practice.

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Testing
  • Genomics*
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Patients / psychology
  • Power, Psychological*
  • Precision Medicine*