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APTA supports the development of CPGs to reduce unwarranted variation in care and improve the value of care.

Our national association assists section and academy development of clinical practice guidelines through a program that provides support and funding, including an annual CPG workshop.

We also provide our members easy access to clinical practice guidelines relevant to our profession.

CPGs in Development

CPGs in the Planning Phase

  • Balance Rehabilitation and Falls Prevention in Adults with Neurologic Conditions *

    ( Development Section(s): Neurology. Contact: Kelly Westlake, PT, PhD )

  • Cerebral Palsy and Mobility CPG *

    ( Development Section(s): Pediatrics. Contact: Margaret Eileen O'Neil, PT, PhD )

  • Concussion CPG KT taskforce project. *

    ( Development Section(s): Neurology. Contact: Annie Fangman, PT )

  • Core outcome measures for acute care physical therapy

    ( Development Section(s): Acute Care. )

  • Discharge planning / transitions of services *

    ( Development Section(s): Acute Care. Contact: Erin Michelle Thomas, PT, DPT )

  • Exercise Testing in Physical Therapy *

    ( Development Section(s): Cardiovascular and Pulmonary. Contact: Lawrence P. Cahalin, PT, PhD, FAPTA )

  • Focal Hand Dystonia

    ( Development Section(s): Hand and Upper Extremity. Contact: Mia Lane Erickson, PT, EdD )

  • Functional Outcome Therapies for CP Children with Dorsal Rhizotomy *

    ( Development Section(s): Pediatrics. Contact: Amy R. Schultz, PTA )

  • Heart Failure in the Home; Reducing Rehospitalization

    ( Development Section(s): Home Health. Contact: Paula DeLorm, PT, DPT )

  • Intervention to Improve Implementation of the APTA Breast Cancer- Related Lymphedema Diagnosis and Intervention Clinical Practice Guidelines *

    ( Development Section(s): Oncology. Contact: Meredith Alison Wampler, PT, BSPT, DPTSc )

  • Management of Idiopathic Toe Walking in Children 2-21 years old *

    ( Development Section(s): Pediatrics. Contact: Sally Patterson Le Cras, PT, DPT )

  • Outcome Measures in Lower Extremity Amputation *

    ( Development Section(s): Acute Care. Contact: Michael Verbsky, PT, MSPT, EMT-B )

  • Pain management for people living with dementia: An evidence-based clinical practice guideline *

    ( Development Section(s): Geriatrics. Contact: Annalisa Na, PT, DPT, PhD )

  • Patient mobility for hospitalized patients

    ( Development Section(s): Acute Care. )

  • Physical therapist management among older adults who are prefrail/ frail: a clinical practice guideline of interventions for physical frailty *

    ( Development Section(s): Geriatrics. Contact: June A. Kume, PT, MSPT, PhD )

  • Physical Therapists as Primary Care for Pain and Mobility Complaints

    ( Development Section(s): Federal, Orthopaedics. Contact: Rebecca Junelle Vogsland, PT, DPT )

  • Physical Therapy Intervention to Improve Mobility in Children Aged 5-22 years old with Cerebral Palsy (CP) Classified at GMFCS I, II or III

    ( Development Section(s): Pediatrics. )

  • Physical therapy management of infants, children, and youth with Down syndrome: An evidence-based clinical practice guideline *

    ( Development Section(s): Pediatrics. Contact: Kathryn Sue Martin, PT, DHS )

  • PT Management of TKA CPG Revision *

    ( Development Section(s): American Physical Therapy Association. )

  • Rehabilitation for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

    ( Development Section(s): Oncology. Contact: Laura Sisola Gilchrist, PT, PhD )

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy Diagnosis, Nonsurgical Medical Care and Rehabilitation: A Clinical Practice Guideline *

    ( Development Section(s): Orthopaedics. Contact: Lori Michener, PT, ATC, PhD, FAPTA )

  • Thigh Muscle Injuries

    ( Development Section(s): Orthopaedics. Contact: Lori Bolgla, PT, ATC, PhD )

CPGs in the Appraising Literature Phase

  • A CPG to Improve Locomotor Function in Acute and Subacute Stroke, Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury Survivors *

    ( Development Section(s): Neurology. Contact: Mark Goodman Bowden, PT, PhD )

  • Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Cancer-related Fatigue *

    ( Development Section(s): Oncology. Contact: Mary Insana Fisher, PT, MSPT, PhD )

  • CPG for Obstructive Lung Pathologies

    ( Development Section(s): Cardiovascular and Pulmonary. Contact: Kaelee Sara Brockway, PT, DPT, EdD )

  • Differential Diagnosis of Medical Conditions That Resemble Common Musculoskeletal Conditions *

    ( Development Section(s): Federal, Orthopaedics. Contact: Amanda Michelle Ferland, PT, DPT )

  • Differential Diagnosis of Medical Conditions That Resemble Common Musculoskeletal Conditions *

    ( Development Section(s): Federal, Orthopaedics. Contact: Rebecca Junelle Vogsland, PT, DPT )

  • Guidelines for exercise training interventions in home settings for patients post cardiac events and surgeries *

    ( Development Section(s): Cardiovascular and Pulmonary. Contact: Sherry Osborn Pinkstaff, PT )

  • Guidelines for exercise training interventions in home settings for patients post cardiac events and surgeries *

    ( Development Section(s): Cardiovascular and Pulmonary. Contact: Shweta Gore, PT, DPT, PhD )

  • Lung Cancer Rehabilitation to Maximize Functional Outcomes

    ( Development Section(s): Oncology, Orthopaedics. Contact: Mary Insana Fisher, PT, MSPT, PhD )

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder *

    ( Development Section(s): Orthopaedics. Contact: Janey Prodoehl, PT, PhD )

CPGs in the Drafting Phase

  • CPG for PT Management of Critically Ill Patients in the ICU *

    ( Development Section(s): Acute Care, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary. Contact: Amy Joyce Nordon-Craft, PT, DSc )

  • Physical Therapy Management of Falls in Community-dwelling Older Adults *

    ( Development Section(s): Geriatrics. Contact: Timothy A. Hanke, PT, PhD )

  • Rehabilitation Management of Distal Radius Fracture *

    ( Development Section(s): Hand and Upper Extremity, Orthopaedics. Contact: Saurabh Mehta, PT, PhD )

  • Shoulder Instability Clinical Practice Guideline *

    ( Development Section(s): Orthopaedics, Sports. Contact: Timothy Lee Uhl, PT, BSPT, ATC, PhD )

CPGs in the External Review Phase

  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer Clinical Practice Guideline *

    ( Development Section(s): Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management. Contact: Elizabeth Ann Altenburger, PT )

  • IGA for Clinical Management of Children with CP *

    ( Development Section(s): Pediatrics. Contact: Yasser Salem, PT, MAPT, PhD )