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Precision Medicine a Threat to Population Health
HealthLeaders Media

So far, precision medicine has been long on potential but short on delivery and some health policy experts question whether this focus on this novel and cutting edge medical discipline may distract from proven but more mundane population health strategies.

In a recent essay in the New England Journal of Medicine, Ronald Bayer and Sandro Galea, MD, write that the movement toward precision medicine comes even as consensus solidifies around the idea that health differences between and within groups have more to do with social factors than with clinical care.

Bayer shared his concerns about the potential drawbacks of precision medicine in an interview with HealthLeaders Media. The following is an edited transcript.