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Craig G. Hurwitz, M.D.

Health tracker

Completing Your Personal Medical Record with a family history, social history and occupational history


Family History

The family history is very important, not only in helping in diagnosis, but in making recommendations for preventive health care. The family history should focus on your parents and siblings. Family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, kidney disease, strokes or Cancer are extremely important to document.

Social History

the social history is where you describe any social habits that could have either a negative or positive impact on your health. Smoking, alcohol consumption and caffeine may have negative impacts. Regular exercise, low fat and low sodium diet have a positive impact and should be listed. Illicit drug use or any high risk activities (IV drug use, tatoos, multiple sex partners) can be listed here as well.

Occupational History

The occupational history can be important in terms of job stress, degree of activity and exposure to toxic chemicals or other hazards. Examples include lung disease secondary to inhaled dusts, irritant gases or toxic fumes in a workplace.


Your Personal Medical Record: Helping Your Doctor Help You

  1. Your diagnosis/problem sheet

  2. Your medication/allergy sheet

  3. Your immunization sheet

  4. Family history, social history and occupational history

  5. Tracking your symptoms before an office visit and the health diary