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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 Portrait
Tool for patients to create their own family tree (Available in English and Spanish)
National Society of Genetic Counselors: Your Family History - Your Future
Guidelines on how to gather and record family history information.
American Medical Association: Family History Tools
Tools for collecting family history in prenatal, pediatric, and adult settings.
American Academy of Family Physicians: Family History Program
Guidance on efficient approaches for collecting and evaluating family history information.
Utah Department of Health
Resource to help patients collect their own family histories.
March of Dimes
Printable preconceptio/prenatal family and medical history questionnaire