Evaluating Family Health History as a Risk Factor for Disease


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Which of the following is a benefit of obtaining a family health history?

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1. Which of the following diseases could have a family link?

2. Which of the following is NOT a true statement about a family health history?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Researching your family health history can play an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of a person's potential risk for illness due to family history. The quiz questions will test you on the benefits of obtaining this history and the initiative to encourage families to discuss and record familial health issues.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Types of diseases that may have a family link
  • Reasons why family history may be unknown
  • Aspects of family health history

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow students to test their knowledge by using the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson, such as benefits to obtaining a family health history
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information regarding reasons a family may not know its health history
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding an initiative that encourages families to record their health issues
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about illness with potential familial links

Additional Learning

To learn more about genetic risk factors for disease, review the accompanying lesson, Evaluating Family Health History as a Risk Factor for Disease. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define family health history
  • Understand how this knowledge can affect how you live your life
  • Identify the specific day families are encouraged to discuss their health histories