Family Healthcare Genogram Summary Assignment

Family Health Genogram Summary

After completing your family tree (A), use your diagram and notes from class to answer the following questions. Note: Sections B – E below should be typed.

  1. PATTERNS OF DISEASE. Create a list of diseases that extend through the generations on both sides of the family. If only one side of the family is possible for a number of reasons (e.g., divorce, non-involvement, etc.) notify the instructor! Next to each disease indicate how often it occurs.

 

 

Mother’s Side

How often?  

Father’s Side

How often?
EX: heath disease 3 times prostate cancer 3 times
       
       
       
       
       

 

  1. FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY AND PREVENTION. Choose the two most prevalent diseases or illnesses from above. If two or more diseases/illnesses are tied or occur the same number of times, select the one(s) of most interest. Demonstrate your knowledge (based on reputable sources) of prevention by describing what you and your immediate family can be doing to prevent these diseases/illnesses. Sources such as WebMD, healthline, Mayo Clinic are not acceptable. Seek information from official organizations such as the American Health Association, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Diabetes Association, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, etc. Note: Use complete sentences. The more thorough and clearer your responses, the better the score! Deductions will incur for spelling errors/grammatical issues.

 

Disease/Illness Prevention
EX: Miscarriage was in my

family a total of five times.

 

All family members should keep their blood pressure under control. According to the National Kidney Foundation, high blood pressure can cause Chronic Kidney Disease. Maintaining a good diet and regular exercise will help prevent high blood pressure, a cause of this disease.
   
   

 

  1. PERSONAL HEALTH BEHAVIORS. Evaluate your current personal health behaviors. Indicate what modifications are necessary for maintenance of your personal wellness and disease prevention. If your current personal health behaviors are good, indicate what you are doing to aid your wellness and disease prevention. Note: Your responses should be 4 or more sentences; also, use complete sentences. The more thorough and clearer (i.e., spelling, grammar) your responses, the better the score! Deductions will incur for spelling errors/grammatical issues.

 

*For confideniality reasons you may choose to be general in these responses. Note that these questions are purely to encourage self-reflection.

 

Area of Focus Evaluation- How Am I Doing?
EX: Stress EX: I know I am more vulnerable to poor health whenever my stress levels increase, so I attempt to maintain low levels. I stay up on my assignments by completing them early and using my agenda to write all due dates. Once a week I take two hours to myself for self-care. When I start feeling stressed I call my grandmother, brother, or peers who are in the master’s program too.
Stress

 

 
Nutrition

 

 
Physical Fitness

 

 
General (i.e.

brush/floss teeth,

get enough sleep,

regular doc visits)

 

 

Family Health Genogram Summary

  1. Pattern of Disease Determinant(s). Review the categories of determinants on page 153 of the Kindig article, Understanding Population Health Terminology. In your opinion, which of these determinants (social, physical environmental, health care, genetic, behavioral and/or biological) are influential in the patterns of disease in your family tree? Explain your answer. The explanation for each relevant determinant should be 4 or more sentences. The more thorough and clearer (i.e., spelling, grammar) your response, the better the score! Deductions will incur for spelling errors/grammatical issues.
  2. PERSONAL/FAMILY REACTION. What is your and/or your family’s reaction to this project? Were there areas of surprise? Were you and/or your family already familiar with diseases within the family? Note: Your response should be 4 or more sentences. The more thorough and clearer (i.e., spelling, grammar) your response, the better the score! Deductions will incur for spelling errors/grammatical issues.