Strategies for integrating personalized medicine into healthcare practice

Daryl E. Pritchard, Franziska Moeckel, Mary Susan Villa, Laura T. Housman, Catherine A. McCarty, Howard L. McLeod

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Aim: Research and innovation in personalized medicine are surging, however, its adoption into clinical practice is comparatively slow. We identify common challenges to the clinical adoption of personalized medicine and provide strategies for addressing these challenges. Methods: Our team developed a list of common challenges through a series of group discussions, surveys and interviews, and convened a national summit to discuss solutions for overcoming these challenges. We used a framework approach for thematic analysis. Results: We categorized challenges into five areas of need: education and awareness; patient empowerment; value recognition; infrastructure and information management; and ensuring access to care. We then developed strategies to address these challenges. Conclusion: In order for healthcare to transition into personalized medicine, it is necessary for stakeholders to build momentum by implementing a progression of strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-152
Number of pages12
JournalPersonalized Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2017

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  • access to care
  • clinical adoption
  • information management
  • integration into healthcare
  • patient empowerment
  • personalized-medicine education
  • value determination


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