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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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Clinical Recommendations to Guide Physical Therapy Practice for Huntington Disease

February 4, 2020 | CPG

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

Complementary Therapies and Integrative Medicine in Lung Cancer: Diagnosis ...

May 1, 2013 | CPG

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

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Medical Treatment Guideline

November 30, 2017 | CPG

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

Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guid...

January 1, 2019 | CPG

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

Conservative Management of Lateral Patellar Dislocations and Instability

March 18, 2014 | CPG

Patient Age: Preschool Child (2-5), Adult (25-44), Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18)
Condition & Symptoms: Knee Conditions

COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community [NG163]

October 13, 2020 | 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

COVID-19 Rapid Guideline: Managing the Long-term Effects of COVID-19 [NG188]

December 18, 2020 | CPG

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

Cumulative Trauma Conditions Medical Treatment Guidelines

March 2, 2017 | CPG

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

Cystic Fibrosis: Diagnosis and Management [NG78]

October 25, 2017 | CPG

Patient Age: Preschool Child (2-5), Adult (25-44), Child (6-12), Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24)
Condition & Symptoms: Cystic Fibrosis

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

June 20, 2018 | 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

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