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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

  • 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 )

  • Exercise Training for the Breast Cancer Survivor

    ( Development Section(s): Oncology. Contact: Steven Glenn Morris )

  • 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 )

  • 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: Amy Winter Bodkin, PT, PhD )

  • Physical Therapists as Primary Care for Pain and Mobility Complaints

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

  • Role of PT in the Prevention of Contracture and Deformity in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    ( Development Section(s): Pediatrics. Contact: Laura Elizabeth Case, PT, DPT, MS )

  • Thigh Muscle Injuries

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

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 )

  • Distal Radius Fractures

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

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

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

  • Outcomes for Patients with Wounds & Lymphedema: Impacts of Wound Healing on Activities

    ( Development Section(s): Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management. Contact: Jaimee D. Haan, PT )

  • Parkinson's Disease: A Clinical Practice Guideline *

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

  • Pelvic Pain Clinical Practice Guideline *

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

  • Physical Therapy Intervention for Adult Women with Urinary Incontinence *

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

  • 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 )

CPGs in the Drafting Phase

  • Conservative Management of Lateral Tendinopathy

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

  • CPG on Functional Lower Gastrointestinal Disorders: Constipation *

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

  • Development of Clinical Guidance Statement for the PT-related Treatment of Osteoporosis *

    ( Development Section(s): Geriatrics. Contact: Keith Gerard Avin, 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 Clinical Practice Guideline for Work Rehabilitation *

    ( Development Section(s): Orthopaedics. Contact: Deirdre Daley, 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

  • A CPG for the Assessment and Treatment of Cancer-related Fatigue *

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

  • Aquatic Therapy Interventions for the Treatment of Primary Hip Osteoarthritis *

    ( Development Section(s): Aquatics. Contact: Paula Richley Geigle, PT, MS, PhD )

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

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

  • Physical Therapy Management of Foot Drop using Ankle Foot Orthoses or Functional Electrical Stimulation in People with Post-stroke Hemiplegia: A Clinical Practice Guideline *

    ( Development Section(s): Neurology. Contact: Therese E. Johnston, PT, MSPT, MBA, PhD )

  • Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults with Hip Fracture *

    ( Development Section(s): Geriatrics, Orthopaedics. Contact: Christine M. McDonough, PT, PhD )