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If you have insight, or simply an interest, in best practice for improving locomotor function after chronic stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury, or brain injury, the clinical practice guideline (CPG) team overseeing a new CPG on that topic wants to hear from you.

A draft of the CPG is available for review and public comment until December 21—all physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students are invited to comment.

The CPG’s goal is to assess the relative efficacy of various interventions to improve walking speed and timed distance in individuals following stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury. For example, how does the evidence compare for training involving walking, virtual reality, strength, cycling, body-weight-supported treadmills, robotic-assistance, or sitting and standing balance; with or without virtual reality tools; alone or in combinations; and at what intensities?

The CPG is being supported by APTA and the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Find a link to the draft and comment instructions on APTA’s CPG Development webpage under CPGs in the Review Phase, and be sure to respond by the December 21 deadline.


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