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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

CPGs in the Appraising Literature Phase

  • 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 )

  • Differential Diagnosis for Conditions Mimicking 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 (lateral 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

  • Clinical Practice Guideline for Pelvic Girdle Pain in the Postpartum Population *

    ( Development Section(s): Pelvic Health. Contact: Adrienne H. Simonds, PT, PhD )

  • CPG on Functional Lower Gastrointestinal Disorders: Constipation *

    ( Development Section(s): Pelvic Health. Contact: Jennifer Ann LaCross, PT, DPT, ATC )

  • Parkinson's Disease: A Clinical Practice Guideline *

    ( Development Section(s): American Physical Therapy Association. Contact: Jacqueline Alicia Osborne, PT, DPT )