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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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Child Maltreatment: Interventions

November 27, 2018 | CPG

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline on the Diagnosis and Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Among Children

November 5, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Child (6-12)
Condition & Symptoms: Brain Injuries, Concussion

Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity Throughout Pregnancy [No. 367-2019]

November 1, 2018 | CPG

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

Lyme Disease [NICE NG95]

October 17, 2018 | CPG

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

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

October 1, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Condition & Symptoms: Torticollis

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

October 1, 2018 | CPG

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

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

September 12, 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

Practice Guideline Update: Disorders of Consciousness

September 4, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24), Child (6-12), Adult (25-44)
Condition & Symptoms: Coma

Exercise-Based Knee and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Prevention

September 1, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: Adult (25-44), Aged (65+), 80 and over (80+), Middle Aged (45-64), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation/Sedation...

August 31, 2018 | CPG

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

Early and Locally Advanced Breast Cancer: Diagnosis and Management [NG101]

July 18, 2018 | CPG

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

Final Recommendation Statement: Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascula...

July 10, 2018 | CPG

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