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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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Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries, 3rd Edition, Quick Reference Guide

January 1, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24), Preschool Child (2-5), 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Child (6-12), Aged (65+), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Ulcer

Prevention of Acute Exacerbations of COPD

April 1, 2015 | CPG

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

Prevention of Fall-Related Injuries in the Elderly

July 1, 2016 | CPG

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

Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury (3rd Edition)

June 1, 2016 | CPG

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

Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis and Management [NICE CG131]

December 15, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Cancer

Recommendations for the Management of Polymyalgia Rheumatica - 2015: A European League Against Rheumatism/American College of Rheumatology Collaborative Initiative

October 1, 2015 | CPG

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

Recommendations for the Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Nonradiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis

October 1, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Recommendations on Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

January 5, 2016 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Alzheimer Disease, Dementia

Rehabilitation After Critical Illness in Adults [NICE QS158]

September 7, 2017 | CPG

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

Respiratory Management of Patients With Neuromuscular Weakness

March 13, 2023 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Lung Conditions, Muscular Dystrophy, Respiratory Conditions, Myasthenia Gravis

Responding to Children and Adolescents Who Have Been Sexually Abused: WHO Clinical Guidelines

October 13, 2017 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Preschool Child (2-5), Child (6-12)