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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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American College of Rheumatology/National Psoriasis Foundation 2018 Guideline for the Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis

January 1, 2019 | CPG

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

American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care - 2020

October 21, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Adolescent (13-18), Aged (65+), Infant (1-23mo), Middle Aged (45-64), Newborn (birth-1mo), Young Adult (19-24), Preschool Child (2-5)
Condition & Symptoms: Critical Illness, Heart Failure

American Osteopathic Association Guidelines for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) For Patients With Low Back Pain

August 1, 2016 | CPG

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

An Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline: The Diagnosis of Intensive Care Unit-Acquired Weakness in Adults

December 15, 2014 | CPG

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

Ankle and Foot Surgical Guideline

October 1, 2017 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Foot Conditions, Occupational Injuries

Ankle Stability and Movement Coordination Impairments: Lateral Ankle Ligament Sprains Revision (CPG+)

April 1, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Ankle Conditions

Appropriate Use Criteria for Non-Arthroplasty Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

December 6, 2013 | CPG

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

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

Are Non-Invasive Interventions Effective for the Management of Headaches As...

July 1, 2016 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Adult (25-44), Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Headaches, Neck Pain, Whiplash Injuries

Assessment and Management of Pressure Injuries for the Interprofessional Team, Third Edition

May 1, 2016 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Ulcer, Wounds and Injuries

Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) Venous and Pressure Ulcer Guidelines

November 1, 2014 | CPG

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

Asthma, COPD, and Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome

April 1, 2015 | CPG

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