The role of patient and community engagement and education in advancing precision medicine

Irma N. Ramos, Kenneth S. Ramos

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The Precision Medicine Initiative of 2015 focused its message on “delivering the right treatments, at the right time, every time to the right person.” The premise in the subsequent roll out was that “more precise” healthcare improves the quality of care at reduced costs. While considerable advancements have been made since then, most medical treatments to date continue to be delivered for the “average patient”. This leaves patients who do not respond within the bounds of “average range” with less-than-optimal options for diagnosis and treatment. Coordinated efforts to integrate individual differences in people's genes, environments and lifestyles can be part of the solution in dealing with the health challenges faced by these patients. Access to these types of data requires concerted patient, community and stakeholder engagement and education efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComprehensive Precision Medicine, First Edition, Volume 1-2
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780128240106
StatePublished - 2024


  • Allostatic load
  • Community engagement
  • Education
  • Precision health care
  • Precision medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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