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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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Shoulder Pain and Mobility Deficits: Adhesive Capsulitis (CPG+)

May 1, 2013 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Adhesive Capsulitis, Shoulder Conditions

Symptom Management in Patients With Lung Cancer: Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer, 3rd Edition

May 1, 2013 | CPG

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

Exercise Assessment and Prescription in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes in the Private and Home Care Setting: Clinical Recommendations From AXXON (Belgian Physical Therapy Association)

May 1, 2013 | CPG

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

Complementary Therapies and Integrative Medicine in Lung Cancer: Diagnosis ...

May 1, 2013 | CPG

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

2012 Canadian Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Executive Summary

April 30, 2013 | CPG

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

Best Evidence Statement (BESt). Adding Home Based Services to Complement Center Based Intervention for Children With Autism

February 6, 2013 | CPG

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

Canadian Best Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers in People With Spinal Cord Injury

February 1, 2013 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Spinal Conditions, Ulcer

Management of Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in Children and Adolescents

February 1, 2013 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Diabetes Complications

Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People (Aged 65 Years and Over)

January 30, 2013 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Rotator Cuff Syndrome in the Workplace

January 1, 2013 | CPG

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

Implementing the Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors

September 1, 2012 | CPG

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

EFNS Guidelines on the Clinical Management of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis...

March 1, 2012 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis