Lack of focus on family history is a missed opportunity for GPs

THE ISSUE

FAMILY history is important because it influences the person’s risk of a range  of conditions and therefore the preventive care that is indicated.

Events in the family have  significant psychosocial effects on each person’s well being, knowledge of particular diseases and illnesses, and attitude to health and health care.

A study of people in the community found family history was a key component of a personal risk assessment that participants undertook and provided a critical motivator for preventive action and

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