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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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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

Hypertension in Adults: Diagnosis and Management [NICE NG136]

August 28, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Hypertension

Management of Chronic Pain [SIGN 136] [Revised]

August 1, 2019 | CPG

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

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Over 16s: Diagnosis and Management [NG115]

July 26, 2019 | CPG

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

Motor Neurone Disease: Assessment and Management [NG42]

July 23, 2019 | CPG

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

British Guideline on the Management of Asthma: A National Clinical Guideline [SIGN 158] [Revised]

July 1, 2019 | CPG

Patient Age: Child (6-12), Young Adult (19-24), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Asthma