Relevance of Health Literacy to Precision Medicine- Workshop in Brief


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On March 2, 2016, the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop to examine the relevance of health literacy to precision medicine, a growing field that takes into account individuals’ differences in genes, environments, and lifestyles. The workshop explored the intersection of health literacy and precision medicine through a number of topics, but its impetus was the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI is a multiyear effort announced in 2015 and launched in 2016, led by the White House and including agencies across the federal government, to advance the practice of precision medicine. The workshop was organized into four sessions. The first session set the stage for the rest of the day by offering presentations on precision medicine, health literacy, and the ways in which they overlap. The second session was devoted to health literacy in precision medicine research and the third session explored the communication of risk and uncertainty in the clinical setting. The final session focused on communicating with the public about precision medicine. This Workshop in Brief follows that structure and is organized by panel. The information and viewpoints summarized in this Workshop in Brief reflect the knowledge and opinions of the workshop participants.

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