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Vol. 15, No. 3-4, 2012
Issue release date: April 2012
Section title: Paper
Public Health Genomics 2012;15:189–200
(DOI:10.1159/000335555)

The Effect of Chronic Disease Family History on Healthcare Provider Practice and Patient Behavior among Oregonians

Zlot A.I. · Cox S.L. · Silvey K. · Leman R.
aOregon Genetics Program and bOffice of Disease Prevention and Epidemiology, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority, and cOregon Health and Science University, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs, Portland, Oreg., USA

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Abstract of Paper

Published online: 4/4/2012

Number of Print Pages: 12
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 5

ISSN: 1662-4246 (Print)
eISSN: 1662-8063 (Online)

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Abstract

Family history is an independent risk factor for many chronic conditions. Therefore, efforts to prevent these diseases among asymptomatic people at high familial risk are justified to reduce the health burden of these chronic conditions. We analyzed 2006–2009 Oregon Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data to examine associations between family history of diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), colorectal cancer (CRC), breast cancer (BC), and: (1) patient-reported clinician recommendations, (2) adoption of preventive and screening behaviors, and (3) chronic disease risk factors among respondents without a personal history of the condition. A positive family history was associated with a higher likelihood of reported discussion by clinicians of CRC and BC screening and a greater likelihood of respondents having cholesterol and CRC screening. The combination of family history and clinician recommendations significantly increased the odds of CRC and BC screening compared to family history alone. A positive family history was also associated with respondents reporting lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes, CVD, and CRC, but not BC. Awareness of family history prompts clinicians to recommend screening and may motivate patients to be screened. Understanding positive family history may also motivate patients to adopt healthy lifestyles.


  

Author Contacts

Amy Zlot
Oregon Genetics Program, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 805
Portland, OR 97232 (USA)
Tel. +1 971 673 0274, E-Mail amy.zlot@state.or.us

  

Article Information

Published online: April 4, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 12
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 5, Number of References : 67

  

Publication Details

Public Health Genomics

Vol. 15, No. 3-4, Year 2012 (Cover Date: April 2012)

Journal Editor: Brand A.M. (Maastricht)
ISSN: 1662-4246 (Print), eISSN: 1662-8063 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PHG


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Paper

Published online: 4/4/2012

Number of Print Pages: 12
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 5

ISSN: 1662-4246 (Print)
eISSN: 1662-8063 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PHG


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