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What should go into my anamnesis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

You should try to get family health information for at least three generations when completing your anamnesis. Do not just look at the health conditions of parents and grandparents but also consider the family health history of siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. For each person, record their

  • gender;
  • ethnicity;
  • birthday;
  • diseases/disorders;
  • age of diagnosis for each disorder;
  • problems that might accelerate the health condition (smoking, weight, etc.);
  • cause of death for all deceased, as well as age at death;

You might want to ask specifically about any health conditions that are generally associated with genetics, such as cancer, heart diseases, and dementia among others.

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