Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) enable PTs and PTAs to understand the state of the evidence as it stands. They are key to decreasing unwarranted variations in practice, decreasing the knowledge translation gap, and optimizing movement.
CPGs at PTNow
APTA's PTNow clinician portal provides a collection of CPGs that are applicable to the physical therapy profession. Some CPGs at PTNow are accompanied by expert appraisals in the CPG+ collection.
CPGs Developed by APTA and Sections
Explore CPGs developed by the association.
APTA supports the development and review of CPGs in cooperation with APTA sections. Support includes funding an annual CPG development workshop.
APTA Clinical Practice Guideline Process Manual (.pdf)
The APTA Clinical Practice Guideline manual builds on the pioneering work of many people with support of their sections who contributed countless volunteer hours toward the common goal of improving physical therapist practice. The methodology is based on the early constructs of the APTA sections for pediatric, geriatric, neurologic, and orthopaedic physical therapy.
CPGs in Development
See which CPGs are in the planning, appraisal, or drafting phases. Contact the development chair with qustions.
CPG Development Workshop
Section nominations are due each May for the annual August workshop in Alexandria, VA.
APTA's 3-step CPG endorsement process begins with staff review to ensure the proposed CPG's accessibility, currency, and consistency with APTA policy. Guidelines passing this review advance to a staff work group, which conducts a critical appraisal to ensure quality. Finally, the staff work group recommends either endorsement or nonendorsement of the CPG to the APTA Board of Directors, which verifies whether or not the process for endorsement was completed properly. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.