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ESPINOSA BRITO, Alfredo. Person-centered Medicine and Personalized Medicine. Medisur [online]. 2015, vol.13, n.6, pp.920-924. ISSN 1727-897X.

In recent years, with the rise of technology and specialization, the concept of person-centered medicine has been introduced. It emphasizes on individual care of patients as subjects using a holistic, general and non-fragmented approach, which considers the human being in all its biopsychosocial dimensions. At the same time, another term has been introduced: the personalized medicine or precision medicine, which primarily aims to optimize the prescription of specific therapies tailored to the individual characteristics of each person, based on available pharmacogenetic and pharmacogenomic information. Although, it is also stated that preventive and diagnostic actions may arise from it. These two approaches are not antagonistic; on the contrary, they can complement each other for the patient’s benefit. The assertion that "there are no diseases, but sick people" becomes topical again.

Keywords : individualized medicine; genomics; pharmacogenetics.

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