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Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • Creator:   Ann F. VanSant, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Updated:   12/21/2020
  • Contains:  8 items
The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association has supported the development of two sets of Clinical Practice Guidelines. The most recently published set of guidelines address clinical practice of pediatric physical therapists in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). This two part series includes the delineation of clinical competencies and training models that prepare a pediatric physical therapist to practice in this highly specialized practice environment, and models for practice as well as evidence based guidelines for those practicing in the NICU. Also included in this collection are clinical practice recommendations for therapists working to achieve functional mobility outcomes for children with the spastic diplegia form of cerebral palsy. These practice recommendations were designed to guide both novice and expert clinicians working with children with spastic diplegia. Developed by a task force of the Academy, the practice recommendations represent practice patterns with best evidence and clinical experience. The document includes supporting references for recommendations, a flow chart of clinical decision making, and identification of tests and measures used in clinical management of children with spastic diplegia.

Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis: A 2018 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline From the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy

Kaplan, Sandra L.; Coulter, Colleen; Sargent, Barbara

Pediatric Physical Therapy. 30(4):240-290, October 2018.

Physical Therapy Management of Congenital Muscular Torticollis: An Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline: FROM THE SECTION ON PEDIATRICS OF THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION

Kaplan, Sandra L.; Coulter, Colleen; Fetters, Linda

Pediatric Physical Therapy. 25(4):348-394, Winter 2013.

Health-Related Fitness in Children and Adolescents

Ganley, Kathleen J.; Paterno, Mark V.; Miles, Cindy; More

Pediatric Physical Therapy. 23(3):208-220, Fall 2011.

The Utrecht Approach to Exercise in Chronic Childhood Conditions: The Decade in Review

van Brussel, Marco; van der Net, Janjaap; Hulzebos, Erik; More

Pediatric Physical Therapy. 23(1):2-14, Spring 2011.

Student Experiences in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Addendum to Neonatal Physical Therapy Competencies and Clinical Training Models

Rapport, Mary Jane; Sweeney, Jane K.; Dannemiller, Lisa; More

Pediatric Physical Therapy. 22(4):439-440, Winter 2010.

Neonatal Physical Therapy. Part I: Clinical Competencies and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Clinical Training Models

Sweeney, Jane K.; Heriza, Carolyn B.; Blanchard, Yvette

Pediatric Physical Therapy. 21(4):296-307, Winter 2009.

This panel of expert clinicians provides an algorithm for decision making in the care of neonates, including examination, evaluation, intervention, and re-examination processes, that provides a framework for clinical reasoning. They also conclude that accountable, ethical physical therapy for neonates requires advanced, competency-based training with a preceptor in the pediatric subspecialty of neonatology.

Neonatal Physical Therapy. Part II: Practice Frameworks and Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines

Sweeney, Jane K.; Heriza, Carolyn B.; Blanchard, Yvette; More

Pediatric Physical Therapy. 22(1):2-16, Spring 2010.

The authors provide 3 models for neonatal physical therapy practice, emerging literature supporting physical therapy for neonates, and evidence-based practice guidelines.

Physical Therapy Clinical Management Recommendations for Children with Cerebral Palsy - Spastic Diplegia: Achieving Functional Mobility Outcomes

O’Neil, Margaret E.; Fragala-Pinkham, Maria A.; Westcott, Sarah L.; More

Pediatric Physical Therapy. 18(1):49-72, Spring 2006.

Recommendations for the clinical management of children with spastic diplegia when increased functional mobility is the identified outcome are presented. The recommendations should help therapists develop systematic approaches to service delivery and documentation.