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Brain-Related Health Care: New Models for Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry

David Whitehouse

in Integrative Neuroscience and Personalized Medicine

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195393804
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393804.003.0012
Brain-Related Health Care: New Models for Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry

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The healthcare industry and insurers hope that once accurate and effective gene and brain markers of brain disorders are identified and utilized, patient outcomes will be more successful. This is not a panacea for cures, but rather a means of bringing more objective approaches for clinicians to offer patients. Some of these approaches may be more convenient for patients to use, making patients more willing to take control and engage in healthier lifestyles, habits and behaviors, perhaps under the guidance of a health care professional. The applications from Personalized Medicine must be cost effective and result in significant improvement, if not a cure. This chapter will review present practical alternatives to expensive and time-consuming assessments, imaging and laboratory measures. These cost-efficient alternatives will integrate clinical, psychological and neuroscience findings and data, and will use the latest information technology advances for distribution and use by the patient and clinician. This pragmatic context of personalized treatment plans is used in this chapter to emphasize that for reimbursement to occur, validated and robust solutions that are cost-effective will be required as a key factor to accelerate personalized medicine.

Keywords: phenotype; endophenotype; neuroimaging; WebNeuro; decision-making

Chapter.  5609 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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