To anticipate means to take care of something ahead of time. Anticipatory care is about identifying risk factors early and addressing them. (It may therefore be termed 'primary anticipatory care' to distinguish it from activity aimed at improving management of those with established disease and thereby reducing unnecessary admission to hospital - which may be termed 'secondary anticipatory care').
See these papers on anticipatory care:
Currently, NHS Forth Valley receives an allocation from the Scottish Government for the implementation of Keep Well. This complements funding from other sources, which has led to anticipatory care programmes in Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling.
Although there is variation in approach between the three areas, the Forth Valley approach generally aims to build a bridge between the clinical approach to addressing risk factors, and the community development approach. In making these connections we are aiming for something that is person-centred (see below), holistic, and collaborative.
For more information see:
One of the principles of anticipatory care is that it is person-centred. This means we need to start from where individuals and communities are at, rather than where services are. This relates to the idea of the 'human therapeutic encounter'.
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