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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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The COPD-X Plan: Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2020, Version 2.62

October 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Physical Therapy Management of Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder

October 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Physical Therapist Management of Total Knee Arthroplasty (CPG+)

September 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions, Total Knee Arthroplasty

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Screening and Management of Overweight and Obesity 3.0

July 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease [Updated]

July 1, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Middle Aged (45-64), 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Non-surgical Management of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis, Version 2.0

July 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Interventions for Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema: Clinical Practice Guideline From the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of APTA (CPG+)

July 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Joint Replacement (Primary): Hip, Knee and Shoulder [NG157]

June 4, 2020 | CPG

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

Obesity Prevention and Management

June 1, 2020 | CPG

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

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Dyslipidemia for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction (Revised, 4.0)

June 1, 2020 | CPG

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

AACE/ACE Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoarthritis - 2020 Update

May 1, 2020 | CPG

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