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Clinical Practice Guidelines Currently Under Development

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





















​In Development

  • Hamstring Muscle Injury (Lead Author Michael Cibulka, PT, DPT, MHS, FAPTA)
  • Work Rehabilitation (Co-Lead Author: Deirdre Daley, DPT and Lorena Payne, PT, MPA) 
  • Elbow Epicondylitis (collaborating with the Hand Rehabilitation Section) (Lead Author: Ann Lucado, PT, PhD, CHT)
  • Distal Radius Fractures (collaborating with the Hand Rehabilitation Section) (Lead Author: Saurabh Mehta, PT, MS, PhD)
  • Shoulder Instability (collaborating with the Sports Section) (Co-Lead Authors: Amee Seitz, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS and Tim Uhl, PT, ATC, PhD, FNATA)
  • Medical Screening in Management of Common Musculoskeletal Conditions (collaborating with the Federal PT Section) (Lead Author: Todd Davenport, PT, DPT, MPH, OCS)
  • Prevention of Chronic Pain Associated with Common Musculoskeletal Conditions (collaboration with Education Sections) (Lead Author: David Morrisette, PT, PhD)
  • Pelvic Pain (collaboration with Section on Women’s Health) (Lead Author: Meryl Alappattu, DPT, PhD)

Planned Clinical Practice Guidelines:

  • Shoulder Rotator Cuff Syndrome (will be initiated follow completion of the Shoulder Instability Guidelines)

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