Family history resources for healthcare providers
Family history risk assessment is a free, simple genetic "test" that can help identify individuals who would benefit from increased screening or prevention practices. Collecting sufficient family history information is the first step in risk assessment. Most patient intake forms do not collect specific enough information about the conditions in the family to allow you to assess risk appropriately. It is important to ask additional questions about any relatives who have been diagnosed with health conditions to assess the potential for underlying genetic risk. After collecting information about personal and family history, family history analysis includes identifying red flags, looking for patterns in the family history, and stratifying risk. See the resources and courses below for more information about family history collection and risk assessment.
Family History Collection Tips & Tools. Provides tips, resources, and tools for family history collection in clinical practice.
Pedigree Tool. A template to record a pedigree with standard pedigree nomenclature.
Inheritance Patterns Factsheet. Outlines common inheritance patterns of conditions with an underlying genetic component.
Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. Helps identify red flags and stratify cancer risk based on family history.
Genetically Related Cancers Tool. Lists the associated cancers and unique characteristics of common cancer susceptibility genes.
Communicating Risk Factsheet. Outlines key points to consider when communicating risk to patients.
Components of a Cancer Genetic Counseling Session Factsheet. Discusses the core components of a cancer genetic counseling session.
Accessing Genetic Services Tool. Lists tools and websites to help find genetics professionals and provides patient talking points about referring to genetics.
Cancer Genetic Services in Maine and Connecticut Tool. Lists available cancer genetic services in Maine and Connecticut.
GINA Discussion Guide. Provides talking points and key information about genetic discrimination and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which protects individuals from the misuse of genetic information in health insurance and employment.
Core Principles in Family History. Identifies core principles in the collection and interpretation of a medical family history for all healthcare providers, developed by the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG).
The Value of Family History in Prenatal Care Practice Slide Set. Teaches about the value of family history in general prenatal care with case studies about family history collection and interpretation.
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