What is Precision Medicine?

Dr. Rodgers and Mr. Dishman tell listeners about precision medicine and how it can make health care better in the future.

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DR. RODGERS: Imagine that you are sick and your doctor gives you a treatment tailored to you. That’s part of what we call precision medicine.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program at NIH explains:

MR. DISHMAN: Precision medicine is an approach to treating and preventing disease that’s personalized, instead of one-size-fits-all. It takes into account differences that can affect health like your age, ethnicity, where you live, your habits, and your family health history. To make health care better in the future, we need to learn more about the differences that make each of us unique.

That’s one of the goals of precision medicine and the All of Us Research Program – to be able to tell you the best ways to stay healthy and find treatments that will work best for you if you get sick.

DR. RODGERS: Follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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