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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Family History tables

From: Jim Busser
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Family History tables
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:11:06 -0700

On 2011-06-13, at 12:06 PM, Karsten Hilbert wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 11:45:45AM -0700, Jim Busser wrote:
>> - we will agree "family" does not (in the EMR design)
>> include personally significant non-blood relatives (for
>> example "spouse") who we would normally keep in the
>> demographics' social network
> I don't think that makes sense. "Family" is not well
> defined. Currently we are working on the following
> interpretation of family, called Family History:
>       health risk modifiers in a unit of people in close
>       personal contact
> Mostly, this will be genetic. Certain things can be
> non-genetic (say, "open TB of spouse" or "MRSA in
> neurodermitis of stepson").
> Karsten

So if a patient is a student whose roommate gets pneumococcal meningitis, I 
agree it is very important, but I might disagree we would put this roommate 
(non-blood relative) in the family history.

I think the exposure goes into the health issues or into risk factors.


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