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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.

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 (AGREE II) conducted by a team of experts.

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Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians

March 3, 2015 | CPG

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

Atherosclerotic Occlusive Disease of the Lower Extremities: Management of Asymptomatic Disease and Claudication

March 1, 2015 | CPG

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

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Medical Treatment Guidelines

February 1, 2015 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Occupational Injuries, Thoracic Conditions

Shoulder Injury Medical Treatment Guidelines

February 1, 2015 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Occupational Injuries, Shoulder Conditions

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Axial Spondyloarthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis

January 1, 2015 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+), Adolescent (13-18), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osteoarthritis

Hypertension Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline

January 1, 2015 | CPG

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

IWGDF Guidance on Use of Interventions to Enhance the Healing of Chronic Ulcers of the Foot in Diabetes

January 1, 2015 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Diabetes Complications, Foot Conditions, Ulcer

Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure: A Dutch Practice Guideline

January 1, 2015 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Heart Failure

An Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline: The Diagnosis of Intensive Care Unit-Acquired Weakness in Adults

December 15, 2014 | CPG

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

KNGF Clinical Practice Guideline for Physical Therapy in Patients With Stroke

December 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Stroke

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Revised)

December 1, 2014 | CPG

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

European Physiotherapy Guidelines for Parkinson's Disease

December 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Condition & Symptoms: Parkinson Disease