An Integrative Review of Family Health History in Pediatrics

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The aim of this integrative review is to investigate current literature regarding family health history (FHH) taking practices, attitudes, and challenges in the pediatric outpatient setting. FHH is a known clinical tool for providers; however, there are no explicit standards for pediatric FHH collection. The integrative review was performed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines. PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Cochrane databases were searched for publications between January 2010 and December 2019, and 8 articles were selected for evaluation. Three themes are explored in this review: FHH collection practices, challenges, and tools. FHH collection practices were found to be inconsistent and the most commonly cited challenge was time. No validated FHH collection tools have been identified for the pediatric population. These findings suggest the need for standardization in FHH collection and further development of tools to improve FHH collection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1282-1287
Number of pages6
JournalClinical pediatrics
Issue number14
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020


  • family health history
  • pediatrics
  • primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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