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Trends in 2009: Comparative Effectiveness and Personalized Medicine

Two potentially conflicting trends may see a dramatically increased profile in 2009: Government Bailouts and Free-Market Capitalism Comparative Effectiveness and Personalized Medicine. Both have been highlighted by the incoming Obama administration. 

The potential conflict? Comparative effectiveness is generally a population-oriented approach, criticized by some (pdf) as “not applicable to the needs of the individual patient” and personalized medicine is … personalized. Are the differences irreconcilable? Not necessarily. Take these examples of “comparative effectiveness” studies from the CBO report, which support increased use of MRI to supplement mammography for women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, and you can draw a Venn Diagram that puts personalized medicine squarely within the comparative effectiveness circle. Stay tuned

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