The purpose of this article is to familiarize nurses with why, how, when, and where a genetic family history assessment should be used in clinical practice. Pedigrees are diagrams that display the relationship among family members by using a combination of symbols and lines. They are used to record concisely a complete family history to identify the risk of transmitting inherited conditions, to identify people at risk for development of adult-onset conditions, to aid in clinical diagnosis, and to serve as a reference for social and biologic relationships. A detailed explanation of the standardized pedigree nomenclature that was recommended by the Pedigree Standardization Task Force in 1995 is included. Step-by-step guidelines on taking a genetic family history and drawing pedigrees are provided. A case study is also included to illustrate pedigree construction

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