Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Abt Associates conducted the first phase of a landscape analysis of personalized medicine sponsored by PMC. The study provided a detailed assessment of the U.S. healthcare environment that PMC and its constituents can use to help shape the discovery, development, and marketplace acceptance of new personalized medicine products and services. The data and insights obtained from the study helped position PMC as a source for objective information regarding personalized medicine and its appropriate integration into clinical practice. The study also supported the organization's efforts to develop a strategic roadmap for advancing the personalized medicine agenda.
Objectives for the first phase of analysis included:
Abt Associates staff conducted 60 in-depth interviews with key informants from eight major stakeholder groups: government agencies, payers, healthcare providers, professional societies, consumers, academics, investment companies, and industries (diagnostic, pharmaceutical, information technology, and biotechnology).
The team gathered information about participants' definition and understanding of personalized medicine, their roles and responsibilities related to personalized medicine and how they expect them to evolve, and barriers and facilitators to the integration of personalized medicine into clinical practice. Interview participants also provided specific policy recommendations related to regulation, reimbursement, ethical and legal issues, academic education/programs and leadership, marketplace acceptance and readiness, providers, consumers, and business interests. Abt Associates prepared a summary report of the analysis to be used as the basis for a publishable manuscript.
The Personalized Medicine Coalition is a nonprofit group of academic, industrial, patient, and healthcare provider constituencies that works to advance the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine for patient benefit.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.