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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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Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2020 Update)

January 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Physical Therapist Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Individuals With Heart Failure

January 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Clinical Practice Guideline to Improve Locomotor Function Following Chronic Stroke, Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury, and Brain Injury (CPG+)

January 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Palliative Care for Adults, Sixth Edition

January 1, 2020 | CPG

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

Multiple Sclerosis in Adults: Management [NICE CG186]

November 11, 2019 | CPG

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

OARSI Guidelines for the Non-surgical Management of Knee, Hip, and Polyarticular Osteoarthritis

November 1, 2019 | CPG

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

Diabetic Foot Problems: Prevention and Management [NICE NG19]

October 11, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Young Adult (19-24), Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18), 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Diabetes Complications, Foot Conditions

Recommendations for the Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Nonradiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis

October 1, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

VA/DoD CPG for Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain (CPG+)(

September 16, 2019 | CPG

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

Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease

September 9, 2019 | CPG

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

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputatio...

September 1, 2019 | CPG

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

Patellofemoral Pain

August 31, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Child (6-12), Young Adult (19-24), Adolescent (13-18), Middle Aged (45-64)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions