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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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Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

November 5, 2013 | CPG

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

Clinical Practice Guideline: Bell's Palsy

November 1, 2013 | CPG

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

ACOEM Practice Guidelines: Elbow Disorders

November 1, 2013 | CPG

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

Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians

October 1, 2013 | CPG

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

Appropriate Use Criteria for Optimizing the Management of Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears

September 20, 2013 | CPG

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

British Thoracic Society Guideline on Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Adults: Accredited by NICE

September 1, 2013 | CPG

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Under 19s: Support and Management (Reviewed) [NICE CG170]

August 28, 2013 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Preschool Child (2-5), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Autism Spectrum Disorder

EULAR Recommendations for the Non-Pharmacological Core Management of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

July 1, 2013 | CPG

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

National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Conservative Management and Prevention of Ankle Sprains in Athletes

July 1, 2013 | CPG

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

Falls in Older People: Assessing Risk and Prevention [NICE CG161]

June 12, 2013 | CPG

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

Stroke Rehabilitation in Adults [NICE CG162]

June 12, 2013 | CPG

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

Summary of Evidence-Based Guideline Update: Evaluation and Management of Concussion in Sports: Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology (CPG+)

June 11, 2013 | CPG

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