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Family history as a tool for psychiatric nurses.

Authors
  • McGuinness, Teena M
  • Noonan, Patricia
  • Dyer, Janyce G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2005
Volume
19
Issue
3
Pages
116–124
Identifiers
PMID: 15991145
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the current age of genomic health care, family history is an essential tool for health assessment, especially for those with chronic mental illness. Three methods of family history assessment (genograms, ecomaps, and pedigree analysis) are described and illustrated. Examples from the family history literature demonstrate each method's usefulness. These approaches improve both consumers' and psychiatric nurses' abilities to comprehend overall health status as well as risks at the individual, family, and community levels.

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