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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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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

Hypertension Canada’s 2020 Comprehensive Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis, Risk Assessment, and Treatment of Hypertension in Adults and Children

May 1, 2020 | CPG

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

The Italian Society of Rheumatology Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Polymyalgia Rheumatica

April 10, 2020 | CPG

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

Clinical Practice Guideline: Meniere’s Disease

April 8, 2020 | CPG

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

No. 397 – Conservative Care of Urinary Incontinence in Women

April 1, 2020 | CPG

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