Potential challenges to doctor–patient trust posed by personalized medicine

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To maximize the great expected benefits of personalized medicine, we need to be vigilant about its potential drawbacks. One relevant dimension in this respect, which has not received attention in the literature, involves the doctor–patient relationship. Specifically, this chapter examines potential challenges to the relationship of trust between doctor and patient that a thoroughgoing reality of personalized medicine may bring about. Four aspects of clinical trust are examined and analysed: (i) patient trust in the doctor’s wisdom; (ii) trust as a function of a good rapport between doctor and patient; (iii) trust related to confidentiality; and (iv) trust that the patient’s wellbeing is the doctor’s highest priority.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCan precision medicine be personal; Can personalized medicine be precise?
EditorsY. Michael Barilan, Margherita Brusa, Aaron Ciechanover
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191895913
ISBN (Print)9780198863465
StatePublished - Feb 2022


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