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Family Health History

Knowledge of your family health history can help you and your healthcare providers identify patterns of inheritance and risk factors.

Family Health History for Patients and Families

Guidance on collecting your family health history information before visiting the doctor.

Family Health History for Healthcare Professionals
Family Health History for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals determine whether individuals, other family members, or future generations may be at increased risk of developing particular conditions.


Modernizing family health history: achievable strategies to reduce implementation gaps. Wildin RS, Messersmith DJ, Houwink EJF. J Community Genet. 2021 Jul;12(3):493-496. doi: 10.1007/s12687-021-00531-6. Epub 2021 May 24. 

Last updated: November 10, 2021