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Ask About Family History

Use the Family History as a Lead-in to Sensitive Questions
WithScott A. Simpson, Anna K. McDowell

Although many clinicians spend little time gathering a family history, asking about family history offers an opportunity to solicit valuable clinical information as well as more easily begin discussing difficult topics. This topic of conversation may also help deepen the clinician-patient relationship through giving the patient an opportunity to discuss other aspects of their life and providing the clinician space to offer validation.