A Research On The Family History Public Health Initiative

1643 WordsDec 24, 20157 Pages
Current research activities related to concepts 1. Health History In 2002 the CDC launched the Family History Public Health Initiative, based on the notion that family history although a simple and inexpensive form of genetic assessment is an under used but effective tool for identifying patients risks. It has long been taught as one of the core foundations of the medical interview, yet over the years these skills have been lost or overwhelmed by the pressures and time constraints of day to day practice (Orlando et al. 2011). Two of the stated goals of the CDC initiative are to develop tools to enhance family health history (FHH) collection and to evaluate whether family history-based strategies work. Primary health providers partner in studying the implementation of family history collection into the medical decision making process. In an article published in BMC Health Services Research, the authors stated that bringing family history back into the realm of medical decision making is important for multiple reasons. First, disease prevention has the potential to reduce the ever escalating costs of medical care and relies entirely upon accurate disease risk prediction. Family history has been shown to improve disease risk prediction for colon cancer (Park et al 2009), breast cancer (Gail et al, 1989), and cardiovascular disease (Scheuner 2003). Second, using family history to predict disease requires several skills: understanding what family history is saying about risk,

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