To harness its potential, a patient’s family health history should be
collected pre-emptively and proactively when the patient is well, rather
than when symptoms of disease present. Unless general practitioners
proactively seek and discuss family health history, opportunities for
prevention may be lost.
It is well recognised that family health history (FHH) is an important tool for predicting risk, for early detection,1 and for identifying at risk individuals for whom genetic testing may be warranted.2 Family health history reflects genetic predisposition as well as environmental and lifestyle factors.2 It provides clear direction for prevention strategies in some common conditions, such as type 2 diabetes.3
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