Realizing the full potential of precision health: The need to include patient-reported health behavior, mental health, social determinants, and patient preferences data

J Clin Transl Sci. 2018 Jun;2(3):183-185. doi: 10.1017/cts.2018.31. Epub 2018 Sep 13.


Precision health and big data approaches have great potential, yet such benefits will be realized only when social and behavioral determinants of health and patient preferences are combined with genomic information. Literature review and co-author experiences informed this commentary. Validated health behavior, mental health, and patient preference measures were collected and summarized in real time. Integration of such data into existing data sets will advance precision health, patient-centered care, research, and policy.

Keywords: Precision medicine; electronic health records; learning health care system; patient-centered care; social and behavioral data.