PTNow links you to relevant clinical practice guidelines, following the inclusion criteria of the National Guideline Clearinghouse.
These clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) have been:
- Based on a systematic review of the evidence
- Published by APTA sections or by other health care associations, organizations, and societies, not by individuals
- Published within the last 5 years
Guidelines are provided to assist in clinical decision making, not to take the place of clinician judgment.
Guidelines are being sequentially reviewed for CPG+, a translation aid for applying CPGs to practice (see CPG+ for Torticollis and Concussion). CPG+ includes an Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) conducted by a team of experts. Any guidelines found to have insufficient quality to guide practice will be removed from PTNow.
if you have a question about a particular guideline, contact email@example.com, and enter "CPG Question" in the subject line.
APTA does not endorse any of these guidelines unless specifically noted. Guidelines are endorsed only when external authoring organizations or APTA sections have requested that APTA endorse their guideline and when that guideline has passed the APTA endorsement process. Unless otherwise indicated, CPGs have not been reviewed for consistency with APTA policies.