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Taking and recording a family history

You may need to take a family history to help answer a specific clinical question or as recommended in a national clinical guideline.

In the video below, renal genetic nurse specialist Kathryn Bishop discusses the importance of taking a patient family history, when patients are referred to the renal genetics centre.



What is a genetic family history?

Quote family history

Taking a family history involves asking questions about each member of the family to determine

This information is usually gathered by asking a series of questions about each person in a family – moving from person to person in each generation in a systematic way.

Taking a pedigree

The information collected is usually recorded pictorially as a pedigree drawing.

There are other ways of collecting family history information: for instance, the patient or family may agree to complete a family history form.