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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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Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Patients With Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack: A Guideline for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

July 1, 2014 | CPG

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

2013 AHA/ACC Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines

June 24, 2014 | CPG

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

Best Evidence Statement (BESt). The Use of Yoga to Improve Strength, Balance, and Coordination

June 10, 2014 | CPG

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

Nonarthritic Hip Joint Pain (CPG+)

June 1, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), Adult (25-44), Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Hip Conditions

Guideline for Diagnosis and Treatment of Subacromial Pain Syndrome: A Multidisciplinary Review by the Dutch Orthopaedic Association

June 1, 2014 | CPG

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

Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

May 1, 2014 | CPG

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

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