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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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Obesity: Identification, Assessment and Management [NICE CG189]

November 27, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64), Adult (25-44), Child (6-12), Preschool Child (2-5)
Condition & Symptoms: Obesity

Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) Venous and Pressure Ulcer Guidelines

November 1, 2014 | CPG

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

Heel Pain––Plantar Fasciitis: Revision 2014 (CPG+)

November 1, 2014 | CPG

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

Prevention and Management of Venous Thromboembolism: A National Clinical Guideline [SIGN 122]

October 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Deep Vein Thrombosis

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Chronic Multisymptom Illness

October 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64), 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain

Nonsurgical Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians

September 16, 2014 | CPG

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

Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Following Spinal Cord Injury, 2nd Edition

September 7, 2014 | CPG

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

Management of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

September 5, 2014 | CPG

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

Management of Bell Palsy: Clinical Practice Guideline

September 2, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Middle Aged (45-64), Child (6-12), Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Preschool Child (2-5)

Management of Somatic Pain Induced by Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer: Po...

September 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Cancer, Neck Pain

Management of Venous Leg Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery® and the American Venous Forum

August 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Ulcer

Diagnosis and Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Adults: Sixteenth Edition [With Systematic Review]

July 1, 2014 | CPG

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