Collection of family history

How can family history be used in assessing schizophrenia? 

The collection of information relating to a person’s family history of mental illness can be a valuable tool for diagnosing and understanding their current mental state, in both clinical and research settings, where it may not be feasible to interview the family members themselves.

What is the evidence for the family history method?

The only evidence regarding family history method is moderate quality and suggests that a patient can usually correctly identify a particular family member with schizophrenia, if one exists.

March 2022

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Last updated at: 1:17 pm, 30th March 2022
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