Nurses' attitudes, abilities and educational preference related to using family pedigrees in clinical practice


  • This research study was conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, USA.

Correspondence: Elizabeth L. Pestka, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. Email:


There is growing worldwide interest in using family pedigrees to assess health risks for diseases and implementing potential preventive interventions for health promotion. Nurses have been identified as key professionals in the process of collecting family history information and constructing pedigrees, and there is a gap in the literature related to these activities. The purpose of this study was to determine nurses' knowledge about, attitudes towards, perceived ability to use, and educational preference related to inclusion of family pedigrees in clinical practice. The study utilized a survey method with 174 nurses and correlational descriptive design. Results showed 74% of the nurses were interested in learning about family pedigrees and 64% responded positively to including them in clinical practice with the belief by 88% that they are helpful for preventive health care. Findings may be used to advance education and utilization of family pedigrees for nurses in clinical practice.