A conversation between a clinician and child.Whether you’re a primary care physician or specialist, family history plays a key role in the clinical encounter. The family history can provide insight into the health risks your patient may face down the road. And, more often, it’s likely that your patients may come to you with questions about what their family disease history may mean to them or what a new diagnosis might mean to their other family members. Understanding genetic causes, risks, and susceptibilities impacts how you care for that patient. As we understand more about the relationship between a person’s genetic makeup and the response to drugs, genomics will be at the core of how you prescribe medications.

CpG believes it’s important to bring genomics into the clinical setting and to talk openly with patients about its benefits. So, what should you, as a clinician, know about using genomics in your practice and talking with patients about genomics?