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Brief on precision medicine and health literacy available

June 22, 2016

By Michelle Manchir

Dental professionals with an interest in genomics and precision medicine can download at no cost a brief summarizing a March workshop that the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine convened.

"Relevance of Health Literacy to Precision Medicine — Workshop in Brief," summarizes the workshop, sponsored in part by the ADA, that explored the intersection of health literacy and precision medicine.

"The Precision Medicine Initiative was launched last year by the White House to promote the transformation of a new age of medicine where the prevention and treatment of disease is personalized based on the individual's genes, health history, environment, and lifestyle," said Dr. Lindsey Robinson, a member of the roundtable and ADA 13th District trustee. "The workshop was intended to highlight the importance of communication to the public about precision medicine, and health literate approaches related to informed consent and communication of risk/uncertainty in the clinical setting."

To read the summary, visit and search for "Relevance of Health Literacy to Precision Medicine: Workshop in Brief (2016).