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

said Dr. Arar. "The results of our study suggest that promoting the use of Web-based family health history screening tools such as the Surgeon General's could have important implications for primary care providers and their patients. Increasing the public's use of this type of online tool would improve screening for common complex diseases, which would allow health care providers to focus their resources on addressing critically important health behaviors and preventative measures in the populations that are at highest risk for chronic diseases."

She also noted that, "Overall, successful implementation of family health history information in clinical practice has significant implications for personalized medicine. It will also reduce health care costs by improving disease risk screening and prevention, which will, in turn, help improve health and quality of life for many Americans."

Components of Family History Associated with Women's Disease Risk Perceptions for Cancer: A Report from the Family HealthwareTM Impact Trial (FHITr)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a Web-based predictive disease risk software program called Family Healthware as a tool to help evaluate an individual's familial risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and colon, breast, and ovarian cancer.

Wendy S. Rubinstein, MD, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago and Director of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Center for Medical Genetics, and her colleagues at the University of Michigan and Case Western Reserve University received a three year grant from the CDC to evaluate this new Web-based family history tool and report on the impact of the program's familial risk report and health messages on users' health behaviors, attitudes, and their use of health care services. The current study was designed to determine those elements of family health history and personal characteristi
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Contact: Kristen Long
klong@ashg.org
301-634-7346
American Society of Human Genetics
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