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Almost all of NCHPEG's programs emphasize the importance of family history collection and application to patient care.  Understanding how to take and interpret a family health history is essential to providing patient care in the era of genomic medicine. A person’s family history can provide clues about diseases that may run in the family so that providers can implement appropriate screening, interventions, and management plans

Specific resources are listed below.

Core Principles in Family History power point slide set

After viewing the power point slide set, users should be able to:

  • List three benefits of taking family history in medical practice
  • Create a pedigree using standard symbols
  • Identify five genetic red flags
  • Know how to locate family history tools
  • Know how to locate a genetics professional

The development of this slide set was funded by the Audrey Heimler Special Projects fund of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.  Download the Family History Principles slide set.



The Value of Family History in the Prenatal Care Practice

This section contains a grand rounds package for educators on the value of family history in the prenatal care practice. It contains information about family history collection and intrepretation and interactive case studies.  Read More >>


Targeted Education Programs

Go to the targeted education programs for general information on family history, pedigree identification and red flag exercises, and illustrative family history case examples, or review specific targeted education programs:

  • Nutrition and Genetics: Key concepts and clinical scenarios for Dietetic educators and practitioners in the US & UK
    • Case studies include MTHFR, MCAD, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease
  • Genetics in the Physician Assistant’s Practice
    • Family history exercises
    • Case 1:  Family History of Myocardial Infarcation in the setting of Familial Hypercholesterolemia
    • Case 2:  Family History of blood clots due to Factor V Leiden Thrombophilia
    • Case 3:  Family History of mental retardation and developmental delay associated with Fragile X syndrome
  • Genetics in the Practice of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
    • Family history exercises
    • Case 1:  Family history of Stickler syndrome
    • Case 2:  Family history of DiGeorge syndrome
    • Case 3:  Family history of Connexin 26-associated hearing loss
  • Genetics, Disease, and Dentistry
    • Case 1:  Family history of Gorlin syndrome
    • Case 2:  Family history of diabetes
    • Case 3:  Family history of osteogenesis imperfecta


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