Resources for collecting family history information

July 24, 2019
Mary E. Norton, MD
Mary E. Norton, MD

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Renée L. Chard, MSc, CGC
Renée L. Chard, MSc, CGC

In a busy obstetrical practice, use of a family history questionnaire or checklist is usually the most practical means of assessment.

In a busy obstetrical practice, use of a family history questionnaire or checklist is usually the most practical means of assessment. Asking patients to complete the questionnaire prior to the clinic visit can ensure that patients have time to contact family members as needed to collect more accurate information. 

 

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US Surgeon General: My Family Health Portraithttps://www.cdc.gov/genomics/famhistory/knowing_not_enough.htm?CDC_AA_refVal=https://www.cdc.gov/features/familyhealthhistory/index.html

Tool for patients to create their own family tree (Available in English and Spanish)

National Society of Genetic Counselors: Your Family History - Your Futurehttps://www.nsgc.org/patient/familytreeGuidelines on how to gather and record family history information.
American Medical Association: Family History Toolshttps://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/precision-medicine/collecting-family-historyTools for collecting family history in prenatal, pediatric, and adult settings.
American Academy of Family Physicians: Family History Programhttps://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0801/p441.htmlGuidance on efficient approaches for collecting and evaluating family history information.
Utah Department of Healthhttp://health.utah.gov/genomics/familyhistory/toolkit.htmlResource to help patients collect their own family histories.
March of Dimeshttps://www.floridamedicalclinic.com/fmcobgyn/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2016/04/March-of-Dimes-NEW-OB-ppw.pdfPrintable preconceptio/prenatal family and medical history questionnaire