Family Medical Histories Often Go Uncollected At Pediatric DoctorsÕ Office Visits

By | August 13, 2010

A Plain Dealer article on August 9, 2010 reported on a research study conducted by David Kaelber from a review of electronic medical records showing that a third of MetroHealth pediatric patients diagnosed with obesity and only 14 percent diagnosed with high blood pressure who had a relevant family history related to these conditions had this information entered into their chart before the diagnosis. (Article) This research shows that in many cases, this important information is gathered after a diagnosis, not before, when it may help in prevention or education efforts. You can also listen to a podcast about this study here. (posted 8/2010)David Kaelber, (Article),here.