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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, APTA sections and academies, or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies. None of the CPGs were written 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, or AGREE II, conducted by a team of experts.

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COVID-19 Rapid Guideline: Managing Symptoms (Including at the End of Life) in the Community [NG191]

March 23, 2021 | CPG

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

APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy: Physical Therapy Management of Older Adults With Hip Fracture (CPG+)

February 1, 2021 | CPG

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

The First Global Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines for People Living With Disability

January 3, 2021 | CPG

Patient Age: Preschool Child (2-5), Child (6-12), Young Adult (19-24), Adolescent (13-18), Adult (25-44), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+)
Condition & Symptoms: Depression, Mental Health, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson Disease, Spinal Conditions, Stroke, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities

Management of Osteoporosis and the Prevention of Fragility Fractures [SIGN 142]

January 1, 2021 | CPG

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

World Health Organization Guidelines on the Management of Chronic Pain in Children

December 22, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Newborn (birth-1mo), Preschool Child (2-5), Infant (1-23mo), Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Chronic Pain

Dementia: Assessment, Management and Support for People Living With Dementia and Their Carers [NG97]

December 16, 2020 | CPG

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

Diabetes in Pregnancy: Management of Diabetes and its Complications from Preconception to the Postnatal Period [NICE NG3]

December 16, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Diabetes Complications, Pregnancy

Peripheral Arterial Disease: Diagnosis and Management [NICE CG147]

December 11, 2020 | CPG

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

Low Back Pain and Sciatica in Over 16s: Assessment and Management [NICE NG59]

December 11, 2020 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), 80 and over (80+), Young Adult (19-24), Aged (65+), Middle Aged (45-64), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Low Back Pain

Osteoarthritis: Care and Management [NICE CG177]

December 11, 2020 | CPG

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

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Society for Surgery of the Hand Council: Management of Distal Radius Fractures

December 5, 2020 | CPG

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

Acute Coronary Syndromes [NICE NG185]

November 18, 2020 | CPG

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