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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 29

of 'Genetic counseling: Family history interpretation and risk assessment'

Securing and Documenting Cancer Family History in the Age of the Electronic Medical Record.
Venne VL, Scheuner MT
Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2015 Oct;24(4):639-52. Epub 2015 Aug 1.
Family health history is one of the least expensive, most useful, and most underused methods available to conduct assessments of the genetic aspect of a condition or to target the need for a genetic evaluation. This article introduces to the surgical oncologist the reason and process of collecting family history information. As medical records shift from paper to electronic formats, pedigree drawings are not readily available within the electronic health records. International efforts are underway to develop searchable, updatable, and interoperable formats that can collect family history information to inform clinical decision support for genetic risk assessment.
Genomic Medicine Service, SLC VA Medical Center, 500 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84148, USA. Electronic address: vickie.venne@va.gov.