Ethical, legal and social implications of incorporating personalized medicine into healthcare

Per Med. 2015;12(1):43-51. doi: 10.2217/pme.14.65.


As research focused on personalized medicine has developed over the past decade, bioethics scholars have contemplated the ethical, legal and social implications of this type of research. In the next decade, there will be a need to broaden the focus of this work as personalized medicine moves into clinical settings. We consider two broad issues that will grow in importance and urgency. First, we analyze the consequences of the significant increase in health information that will be brought about by personalized medicine. Second, we raise concerns about the potential of personalized medicine to exacerbate existing disparities in healthcare.

Keywords: ELSI issues; discrimination; ethical; health disparities; legal and social implication issues; personalized medicine; privacy.