Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2023

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Angela Andrews

Project Team Faculty Member

Valerie Griffin


anticipatory guidance, late infants, toddlers, primary care, pediatric primary care


Anticipatory guidance is a well-known and utilized method that has been implemented in a majority of pediatric primary care offices. As the need for efficiency grows and increasing patient volumes climb, there is a growing need for strategies to provide this information effectively and efficiently. Prior evidence can be utilized to identify the most critical knowledge caregivers and parents will require. Our findings indicate safety, communication, nutrition, social development, and behavior as cornerstone topics for anticipatory guidance. To increase the volume of education provided to parents and caregivers, alternate methods beyond verbal discussion could be used. After gathering scientific literature on the foundational topics of anticipatory guidance we created handouts and educational videos. The videos explored communication, potty training, immunizations, drowning prevention, burn prevention, medication safety, and fall prevention. These were implemented at a rural pediatric clinic where they were met with positive feedback. Participants endorsed an array of topics (i.e., dental, nutritional, sleep, and potty training) as very satisfactory additions to their knowledge base. A review of the literature concludes that education and anticipatory guidance are foundational for preventing childhood illness and injury.

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