A health history genogram is shown here. A genogram is a graphical representation of a medical condition that includes information on the age and cause of death of family members and can be used by medical professionals to assess disease risks. The purpose of obtaining a health history, as you will learn in this genogram article, is to collect data from the patient and the patient's family so that health care professionals and patients can develop a plan that will promote good health, address acute or chronic symptoms, and minimize major health-related issues.
A health history genogram also shows what type of lifestyle these family members led, such as smoking, drinking, and so on. When these crucial information are included, the Genogram can assist clarify and comprehend how cancer or another chronic condition has affected this specific family. Information about persons such as gender, age, death, sexual orientation, income, and immigration trend can be made available to medical practitioners based on the visual depiction of the symbols.