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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.

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.

Guidelines are provided to assist in clinical decision making, not to take the place of clinician judgment.

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Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries, 3rd edition, Quick Reference Guide

March 10, 2019 | CPG

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

Evidence-based Clinical Care Guideline for Physical Therapy Management of S...

February 06, 2019 | CPG

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

Non-pharmacological Management of Persistent Headaches Associated with Neck...

February 01, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Headaches, Neck Pain

2018 Update of the EULAR Recommendations for the Management of Hand Osteoarthritis

January 19, 2019 | CPG

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

Cerebral Palsy in Adults [NG119]

January 01, 2019 | CPG

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

Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2019 Update)

January 01, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Aged (65+), Adult (25-44), 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64)

Transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation for oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults [IPG634]

December 01, 2018 | CPG

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

Final Recommendation Statement: Child Maltreatment: Interventions

November 01, 2018 | CPG

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

Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity Throughout Pregnancy

November 01, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Pregnancy

Chronic Heart Failure in Adults: Diagnosis and Management [NG106]

October 25, 2018 | CPG

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

Congenital Muscular Torticollis: CPG From the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (CPG+)

October 01, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Condition & Symptoms: Dystonia

Guidelines for the Prevention, Detection, and Management of Heart Failure

October 01, 2018 | CPG

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