Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

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Stages of Clinical Practice Guideline Development

Stage Description
1 Topic Selected
2 Initial Draft in Development
3 Initial Draft Reviewed and Edited by Coordinator
4 Author Review and Approval of Coordinator Edits
5 Place Draft on to Disseminate and Solicit Feedback
6 Draft in Review by Content Experts
7 Authors Incorporating Content Expert Comments
8 Content Expert Draft Review by Coordinator
9 Place Updated Draft on to Disseminate and Solicit Feedback
10 Draft in Review by Stakeholder Reviewers
11 Authors Incorporating Stakeholder Reviewer Comments
12 Stakeholder Reviewer Comments Review by Coordinator
13 Draft in Review by JOSPT Editors
14 JOSPT Editor Draft to Authors for Change Requests or Approval
15 Final Draft to JOSPT
16 Authors Review of Proofs
17 Publication in JOSPT
18 Submission for National Guidelines Clearinghouse Acceptance

​Revisions in Development

  • The Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis (Lead Author: RobRoy Martin, PT, PhD, CSCS) - published in November 2014 issue of JOSPT
  • Neck Pain (Lead Author: Peter Blanpied, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT) – published in July 2017 issue of JOSPT
  • Low Back Pain (Lead Author: Anthony Delitto PT, PhD, FAPTA)
  • Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis (Lead Author: Ellen Shanley PhD, PT, OCS, CSCS)
  • Ankle Stability and Movement Coordination Impairments/Ankle Ligament Sprain (Sep 2013) (Lead Author: RobRoy Martin, PT, PhD, CSCS)
  • Non-arthritic Hip Joint Pain (Lead Author: TBD)

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