Use of Family History Information in Pediatric Primary Care and Public Health

September 14, 2007

A supplement to the September issue of Pediatrics contains findings of a 2006 Workgroup Meeting on Use of Family History Information in Pediatric Primary Care and Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting was sponsored by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The supplement includes information on such topics as:
    • Linking family history in obstetric and pediatric care
    • Assessing risk for genetic diseases and birth defects in pediatric primary care
    • Utility of family history reports of major birth defects as a public health strategy
    • Using family history to help detect children at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
For access to the Pediatrics supplement and more information about the workgroup meeting, including a meeting agenda, go to www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/bd/family_history.htm.