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To support evidence-based practice, we provide relevant clinical practice guidelines for APTA members. (These were previously housed at PTNow.)

These CPGs are based on a systematic review of the evidence and published by APTA sections, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies, not by individuals. APTA does not endorse any of these guidelines unless specifically noted.

Some CPGs include a CPG+ analysis, a translation aid for applying CPGs to practice, including an Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) conducted by a team of experts.

Guidelines are provided to assist in clinical decision making, not to take the place of clinician judgment.

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COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community [NG-163]

April 03, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Middle Aged (45-64), Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Lung Conditions, Respiratory Conditions, COVID-19

Management of Acute Low Back Pain in Adults

March 01, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Low Back Pain

Physical Therapist Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Individuals With Heart Failure

January 23, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Heart Failure

2019 American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation Guideline for the Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee

January 06, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Osteoarthritis

Clinical Practice Guideline to Improve Locomotor Function Following Chronic Stroke, Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury, and Brain Injury

January 01, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Stroke

Palliative Care for Adults, Sixth Edition

January 01, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)

OARSI Guidelines for the Non-surgical Management of Knee, Hip, and Polyarticular Osteoarthritis

November 01, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions, Osteoarthritis

Patellofemoral Pain

September 01, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Child (6-12), Young Adult (19-24), Adolescent (13-18), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputatio...

September 01, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Amputation

Management of Chronic Pain [SIGN 136] [revised]

August 01, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Pain