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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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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

A Core Set of Outcome Measures for Adults with Neurologic Conditions Undergoing Rehabilitation (CPG+)

July 1, 2018 | CPG

Patient Age: 80 and over (80+), Adult (25-44), Young Adult (19-24), Middle Aged (45-64), Aged (65+)
Condition & Symptoms: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Dyskinesias, Dystonia, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson Disease, Sarcopenia, Stroke

Guideline for the Management of Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis, 2nd Ed.

July 1, 2018 | CPG

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

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

Systematic Literature Review on the Management of Surgical Site Infections

June 8, 2018 | CPG

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

Clinical Guideline and Recommendations on Pre-operative Exercise Training in Patients Awaiting Major Non-Cardiac Surgery

May 31, 2018 | CPG

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