Mothers' perceptions of family health history and an online, parent-generated family health history tool.

Abstract

Family health history (FHH) can identify families at increased risk for disease. Purpose. To learn mothers' (1) perceptions of the benefits of FHH and (2) willingness to complete a FHH tool, My Family Health Portrait (MFHP). Methods. Qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with mothers recruited through Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Deductive and inductive codes were developed. Results. A total of 25 mothers were interviewed. Perceived benefits included keeping the pediatrician informed (n = 12; 48%) and preventive screenings recommended based on FHH (n = 10; 40%). Participants had positive impressions of MFHP and felt that it was user-friendly (n = 17; 68%). Lack of FHH knowledge was the most common challenge to completing MFHP, but most respondents stated that they would be able to complete MFHP prior to their child's medical appointment (n = 23; 92%). Conclusion. Mothers are interested in and may be motivated to complete a parent-generated FHH prior to a pediatric appointment. Future research should focus on FHH implementation in practice.

DOI: 10.1177/0009922812467531

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@article{Berger2013MothersPO, title={Mothers' perceptions of family health history and an online, parent-generated family health history tool.}, author={Kelly Amanda Berger and John A Lynch and Cynthia A. Prows and Robert M. Siegel and Melanie F. Myers}, journal={Clinical pediatrics}, year={2013}, volume={52 1}, pages={74-81} }