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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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Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

May 1, 2014 | CPG

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

Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Management of the Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

May 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Hypertension, Pregnancy

Pressure Ulcers: Prevention and Management [NICE CG179]

April 23, 2014 | CPG

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

Official American Thoracic Society Technical Standards: Spirometry in the Occupational Setting

April 15, 2014 | CPG

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

2013 Vulvodynia Guideline Update

April 1, 2014 | CPG

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

Cervical Spine Injury Medical Treatment Guidelines

March 30, 2014 | CPG

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

Best Evidence Statement (BESt). Physical Therapy During the Hemopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Process to Improve Quality of Life

March 18, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Child (6-12), Young Adult (19-24)

Conservative Management of Lateral Patellar Dislocations and Instability

March 18, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Preschool Child (2-5), Adult (25-44), Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions

Best Evidence Statement (BESt). Use of Pressure Therapy for Management of Hypertrophic Scarring

March 13, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Preschool Child (2-5), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Skin Conditions

2013 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Heart Failure Management Guidelines Up...

March 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Heart Failure

2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

February 5, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Hypertension

Dutch Guidelines for Physiotherapy in Patients With Stress Urinary Incontinence: An Update

February 1, 2014 | CPG

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