Panel Assesses Evidence for the Collection and Use of Family Health History Information – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. A person's family history plays an important role in the practice of medicine and has the potential to motivate positive lifestyle changes, enhance individual empowerment, and influence clinical interventions.
Dr. Berg: When you look closely at family history, though, you’ll find that there’s a lot that we don't know about it.
Narrator: Dr. Alfred Berg is with the University of Washington in Seattle, and served as Panel Chair for the NIH State-of-the-Science Conference: Family History and Improving Health.
Dr. Berg: The term is in common use but it really doesn't have a common definition. Clinicians and patients understand it in different ways.
Narrator: Panelists drafted a proposal with twenty-five research recommendations. For details, visit consensus.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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