Encyclopedia of Systems Biology

2013 Edition
| Editors: Werner Dubitzky, Olaf Wolkenhauer, Kwang-Hyun Cho, Hiroki Yokota

Predictive Medicine

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9863-7_239


Predictive Medicine involves generating predictions about a patients’ health prospects based on their individual characteristics. Individual characteristics may include: environmental factors (e.g., smoking), demographics (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity), patient history (e.g., previous medications, previous medical conditions), family history (e.g., disorders of direct relatives), and clinical profile (e.g., current weight, current medications, genetic profile). Predictive medicine is a constituent of the  Personalized Medicine concept and is commonly used in the context of genomic medicine (medical practice that incorporates knowledge of an individuals’ Genetic Profile and how certain profile characteristics give rise to certain phenotypes or physical conditions).

Predictive and Preventative Medicine

In the practice of Predictive Medicine, an individuals’ characteristics (including Genetic Profile information) may be useful for assessing risk of medication related side...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Education and Biomedical InformaticsUniversity of Washington School of MedicineSeattleUSA