Quality & Practice

AAPM&R Endorsed Guidelines

The Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee (CPGC) is charged with developing, endorsing and advocating for key guidelines critical to the field of PM&R. In their first year, this committee will be scientifically reviewing clinical practice guidelines for applicability to PM&R. This exercise will provide members with a repository of practice guidelines that may be meaningful to their practice, and help identify gaps for future guideline development.

Practice Guidelines developed and/or endorsed by the Academy are intended to provide guidance for particular patterns of practice and not to dictate the care of a particular patient. Physicians are advised to make individual treatment decisions according to their own medical judgment in light of each patient’s individual circumstances. Guidelines are intended to promote beneficial or desirable outcomes but cannot guarantee any specific outcome. Guidelines developed or endorsed by the Academy are subject to periodic revision as warranted by the evolution of medical knowledge, technology and practice.

  • Official AAPM&R endorsement: Fully meets AAPM&R standards; AAPM&R can endorse all of the recommendations.
  • Affirmation of Value to Physiatrists: Either does not fully meet AAPM&R standards, or AAPM&R cannot endorse all of the recommendations. However, AAPM&R leadership feels it is of benefit to the membership.
  • No endorsement: Does not meet AAPM&R standards; not felt to be of benefit to the membership of the AAPM&R.

Clinical Practice Guidelines within the current Academy endorsement cycle: