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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, APTA sections and academies, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies. None of the CPGs were written by individuals. APTA does not endorse any of these guidelines unless specifically noted.

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

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

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American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: Cervical and Thoracic Spine Disorders

October 27, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Neck Pain, Occupational Injuries, Spinal Conditions

Lyme Disease [NICE NG95]

October 17, 2018 | CPG

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

Guidelines for the Prevention, Detection, and Management of Heart Failure

October 1, 2018 | CPG

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

Chronic Heart Failure in Adults: Diagnosis and Management [NG106]

September 12, 2018 | CPG

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

Practice Guideline Update: Disorders of Consciousness

September 4, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24), Child (6-12), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Coma

Society of Critical Care Medicine: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep Disruption in Adult Patients in the ICU

August 31, 2018 | CPG

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

Final Recommendation Statement: Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascula...

July 10, 2018 | CPG

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

APTA: Core Set of Outcome Measures for Adults with Neurologic Conditions Undergoing Rehabilitation (CPG+)

July 1, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Dyskinesias, Dystonia, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson Disease, Sarcopenia, Stroke

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: Guideline for the Management of Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis, 2nd Ed..

July 1, 2018 | CPG

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

Systematic Literature Review on the Management of Surgical Site Infections

June 8, 2018 | CPG

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