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Bright Futures is a set of principles, strategies, and tools that are based in theory, driven by evidence, and oriented to systems of care. Bright Futures can be used to improve the health and well-being of all children through culturally appropriate interventions that address the current and emerging health promotion needs at the family, clinical practice, community, health system, and policy levels.

This user guide walks through the components of the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit, 2nd Edition (referred to in this user guide as the Toolkit) and provides suggestions on how to use these materials to its best advantage.

The Toolkit is the indispensable companion to the fourth edition of the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents. The Toolkit contains the forms and handouts that health care professionals, as well as patients and families, need to carry out the health supervision visits and make them a productive and collaborative partnership to ensure the health and well-being of infants, children, youths, and families.

This second edition builds on the original Toolkit’s system of integrated forms to streamline the health supervision visit. This Toolkit facilitates enhanced surveillance of patient and family health and well-being with an expanded Anticipatory Guidance section, extensively revised documentation, and educational handouts written in plain language to be clear and concise to patients and families.

The Toolkit helps ensure individualized care: its forms allow parent and patient priorities and concerns to surface, giving opportunities for health care professionals to tailor care and anticipatory guidance.

At the same time, the Toolkit helps you provide standardized care that follows best practices of current pediatric care: all the forms and handouts are closely linked to Bright Futures visit components and priorities, making clinical activities and anticipatory guidance messages consistent throughout.

The user guide includes the following main sections:

1. A Roadmap to the Toolkit

2. How to Use the Core Tools

3. Making the Most of the Supporting Materials in the Toolkit


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