Chronic disease prevention in general practice--Applying the family history.
Gabrielle Reid, Jon Emery
AfP | Published : 2006
BACKGROUND: The family history has a potentially important role in general practice for risk prediction and tailored disease prevention for several common chronic diseases. OBJECTIVE: This article discusses the potential role of the family history in general practice including current risk assessment guidelines and approaches to supporting family history taking. DISCUSSION: Family history reflects shared genetic and environmental risks and can be used to identify individuals at increased risk of common chronic disease who may benefit from tailored preventive management. General practitioners need to develop skills in taking a full family history, creating a pedigree and using this to determi..View full abstract