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Clinical Practice Guideline Development

APTA supports the development of CPGs to reduce unwarranted variation in care and improve the value of care.

APTA Oncology: Diagnosis of Upper-Quadrant Lymphedema Secondary to Cancer: Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG+)

Jul 1, 2017/CPG

This guideline provides recommendations related to the diagnosis of patients with upper-quadrant lymphedema secondary to cancer.

APTA Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy: Clinical Practice Guideline to Improve Locomotor Function Following Chronic Stroke, Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury, and Brain Injury (CPG+)

Jan 1, 2020/CPG

Suggests that task-specific walking training should be performed to improve walking speed and distance in those with acute-onset CNS injury although only at higher intensities or with augmented feedback.

APTA Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity Physical Therapy and Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy: Hand Pain and Sensory Deficits: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CPG+)

May 1, 2019/CPG

This guideline rpovides evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for management of patients with hand pain, and sensory deficits: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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

Jul 1, 2018/CPG

This guideline from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy provides a recommended core set of 6 outcome measures for adult patients with neurologic conditions.

PTJ: New CPG Supported by APTA Provides Guidance on PT Treatment of Individuals With Heart Failure

Feb 5, 2020/Review

Nine evidence-based action statements for the evaluation and management of patients with heart failure and two algorithms for clinical decision making.

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Upper Limb Amputation Rehabilitation

Mar 1, 2022/CPG

The ULAR CPG is designed to address the key principles of rehabilitation and clinical care for patients with upper limb amputation. (Former title: VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Upper Extremity Amputation Rehabilitation.)

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Non-surgical Management of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis, Version 2.0

Jul 1, 2020/CPG

This clinical practice guideline (CPG) recommends a framework that includes a structured evaluation and diagnosis of Veterans and Service Members who may be suffering from hip and knee OA.

APTA Pelvic Health: Physical Therapy Management of Functional Constipation in Adults: A 2021 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline

Jul 1, 2022/CPG

This CPG describes the evidence for physical therapist interventions used in the conservative management of adults with functional constipation, a nonpathological bowel condition resulting in difficulty with defecation.

APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy: Hamstring Strain Injury in Athletes

Feb 28, 2022/CPG

This CPG includes sports-related overloading and overstretching injuries to myofascial or musculotendinous structures in any combination of the 3 hamstring muscles (semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and biceps femoris).