Resources for Researchers and Health Professionals


Valdez R, Yoon PW, Qureshi N, Green RF, Khoury MJ. Family History in Public Health Practice: A Genomic Tool for Disease Prevention and Health Promotionexternal icon. Ann Rev Public Health. 2010;31:69-87.

Valdez R, Coates RJ, St Pierre J, Grossniklaus D, Khoury MJ. Knowledge Gaps Remain in the Use of Family Health History in Public Healthexternal icon. Public Health Genomics. 2011;14:94-5.


Medscape CDC Expert Commentary on Family Health Historyexternal icon
As part of the CDC Expert Commentary series on Medscape, this video about “Family History: Use It to Inform Preventive Services for Your Patients” discusses the importance of family health history collection by doctors. Examples using recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) show how this information can inform prevention services.


Family Health History Is a Non-Modifiable Risk Factor—Or Is It?

Evidence Matters in Genomic Medicine—Integrating Family Health History into Clinical Preventive Services (2012)

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