The health history is a very important part of a health care puzzle. Understanding the family history provides information about diseases that are familial. As you know, genograms are important in determining how diseases affect families, and are pictorial representations of family relationships and medical histories. As mentioned earlier, they are often used to depict common diseases within a family. A genogram allows the user to visualize hereditary patterns and can be useful in identifying repetitive patterns of behavior and to recognize hereditary tendencies.
For this assignment, select a patient from your clinical experience whom you are completing a subjective, objective, assessment, and plan (SOAP) note on and complete a genogram based on his or her family history. If you have not started clinical practice, then select a non-family member and complete a family history on him or her to complete a genogram. Write up the family history and create and save a family genogram in the same document.