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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 )

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

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

  • Core outcome measures for acute care physical therapy

    ( Development Section(s): Acute Care. )

  • CPG for Obstructive Lung Diseases

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

  • Discharge planning / transitions of services

    ( Development Section(s): Acute Care. )

  • 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 )

  • Glenohumeral OA CPG *

    ( Development Section(s): American Physical Therapy Association. Contact: Jill Elaine Heitzman, PT, DPT, PhD )

  • Hamstring Muscle Strain CPG

    ( Development Section(s): Orthopaedics, Sports. Contact: Michael Thomas Cibulka, PT, DPT, MHS, FAPTA )

  • Heart Failure in the Home; Reducing Rehospitalization

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

  • IGA for Clinical Management of Children with CP *

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

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

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

  • Pain and the use of Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS)

    ( Development Section(s): Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management. )

  • Patient mobility for hospitalized patients

    ( Development Section(s): Acute Care. )

  • Physical Therapists as Primary Care for Pain and Mobility Complaints

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

  • Rehabilitation for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

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

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

    ( Development Section(s): Orthopaedics. )

  • 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 )

  • Adult Inflammatory Bowel Disease, PT, & Exercise CPG Referral, Evaluation, and Interventions *

    ( Development Section(s): Pelvic Health. Contact: Jessica Rappich Elia, PT, DPT )

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

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

  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer Clinical Practice Guideline *

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

  • Lung Cancer Rehabilitation to Maximize Functional Outcomes

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

  • Medical Screening in Management of Common Musculoskeletal Conditions *

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

  • Pelvic Pain Clinical Practice Guideline *

    ( Development Section(s): Orthopaedics, Pelvic Health. Contact: Meryl J. Alappattu, PT, DPT, PhD )

  • Rehab of Patients following Post-Acute CV Events or Surgeries in the Home Setting *

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

  • Rehabilitation Management of Distal Radius Fracture *

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

CPGs in the Drafting Phase

  • Elbow Pain and Muscle Function Impairments (laberal elbow tendinopathy: ICF-based CPG

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

  • Patient Education and Counseling for the Management of Chronic Pain *

    ( Development Section(s): Education, Orthopaedics. Contact: David C. Morrisette, PT, ATC, PhD )

  • Physical Therapy Intervention for Adult Women with Urinary Incontinence *

    ( Development Section(s): Pelvic Health. Contact: J. Adrienne McAuley, PT, DPT )

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

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