Core Principles in Family History

The NCHPEG Core Principles in Family History focus on the collection and basic interpretation of a medical family history in pedigree format for use in patient care and management. This resource addresses:

  • Principles for collection
  • Principles for interpretation
  • Principles for intervention
  • Purpose and limitations
  • Benefits of taking a family history
  • Prioritizing information
  • Locating a genetics professional
  • References
  • Tools and downloads, including educational PowerPoint slides, print version of the Core Principles, and a quick reference guide.
The Core Principles and the associated PowerPoint slides were developed primarily as educational tools for those who train clinicians. This document does not provide information for general or disease-specific risk assessment, recommendations for disease treatment or management, or guidelines for managing work flow.

Type Website
CME Available No
Cost Free


Date of Resource 2011

Genomic Competencies

Experts from the disciplines listed below have tagged this resource as fulfulling genomic competencies.

Genetic Counselor

  • Genetics Expertise and Analysis
    • 1:   Demonstrate and utilize a depth and breadth of understanding and knowledge of genetics and genomics core concepts and principles.
      • 1a:   Demonstrate knowledge of principles of human, medical, and public health genetics and genomics and their related sciences.
    • 3:   Construct relevant, targeted and comprehensive personal and family histories and pedigrees.
      • 3a:   Demonstrate proficiency in the use of pedigree symbols, standard notation, and nomenclature.
      • 3d:   Elicit and assess pertinent information relating to medical, developmental, pregnancy and psychosocial histories.