Encyclopedia of Systems Biology

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

Preventive Medicine

  • Casey L. Overby
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9863-7_240



Preventive Medicine is clinical practice that incorporates clinical strategies based on the characteristics of an individual for the purpose of reducing risk of poor clinical outcomes. 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). Preventive 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 Preventive Medicine

 Predictive medicine (another constituent of the  personalized medicineconcept) involves...

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Authors and Affiliations

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