anticipatory guidance

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1. a guide.
2. an act of guiding.
anticipatory guidance in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the preparation of a patient for an anticipated development and/or situational crisis.
health system guidance in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as facilitating a patient's location and use of appropriate health services.

anticipatory guidance1

the psychological preparation of a person to help relieve the fear and anxiety of an event expected to be stressful. An example is the preparation of a child for surgery by explaining what will happen and what it will feel like and showing equipment or the area of the hospital where the child will be. It is also used to prepare parents for the normal growth and development of their child.

anticipatory guidance2

a nursing intervention from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) defined as preparation of patient for an anticipated developmental and/or situational crisis. See also Nursing Interventions Classification.

anticipatory guidance

Guidance provided by an expert or knowledgeable group to those with a particular interest (e.g., parents), anticipating likely upcoming concerns.
Examples Parents of newborns—informing them about physical changes in their infant (e.g., teething); parents of adolescents—anticipating concerns due to alcohol and drug abuse.

anticipatory guidance

Information about normal expectations of an age group (or of a disease) to provide support for coping with problems before they arise. It is a component of many health care encounters, e.g., well-child checkups in infancy.
See also: guidance
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