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Studies validate use of family health history as gold standard in disease risk assessment
Date:11/5/2010

actitioners rely on family history as the primary tool that they use to clinically evaluate each patient's personal risk of developing cancer."

Furthermore, Eng points out that, "A personal family health history report can be completed at little to no cost, and this type of information is typically readily accessible and easily gathered by the patient." She concluded by stating her belief that, "In effect, family health history could potentially be considered as a 'secret weapon' in the integration of personalized medicine and genetic knowledge into clinical practice."

Veterans' Response to Their Use of the U.S. Surgeon General's Family Health History Online Tool

Despite growing evidence regarding the importance and efficacy of using detailed family health history as a key tool in common disease risk assessment, this type of approach for screening and identifying at-risk individuals has not been broadly applied in clinical practice yet. To address this problem, a group of researchers led by Nedal H. Arar, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a research scientist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, built on their collective experience in genetic family studies and genomic health service research to study processes and ethical issues associated with use of the U.S. Surgeon General's "My Family Health Portrait" online family health history tool by veterans. In the current study, Dr. Arar and her colleagues assessed veterans' satisfaction in using the U.S. Surgeon General's online family health history (SG-FHH) tool, and their intentions regarding the utilization and application of their family health history (FHH) information in clinical settings.

A total of 35 veterans who were patients at the primary care outpatient clinic in San Antonio, Texas, were asked to enter their FHH information into the online SG-FHH tool, and complete the study's surve
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Contact: Kristen Long
klong@ashg.org
301-634-7346
American Society of Human Genetics
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