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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 guidanceGuidance 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.
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