NATA Position Statements

Position statements are scientifically based, peer reviewed research with a team of authors who are experts on the subject. Since 2011, the NATA Research and Education Foundation’s Pronouncements Committee has been responsible for the development of the NATA Position Statements. The following provides a list of position statements by domain. We recognize that many Position Statements cover content that belongs in multiple domains. However, each Statement is only listed once, under its primary domain. 


DOMAIN V: Health Administration and Professional Responsibility




All position statements are written with the most current evidence at the time of publication. However, the NATA Research & Education Foundation Pronouncements Committee recognizes evidence will change over time; therefore, procedures are in place to review position statements on a yearly basis and update as needed. The Pronouncements Committee reviews statements with the help of an expert to determine the need for revision as well as the urgency of disseminating new evidence. The time of revision to publication can take up to two years to complete. Because of this, the position statement will stand until updates are deemed needed or the Pronouncements Committee decides to sunset the statement. Having said this, the burden to keep up with the ever-changing evidence still lies upon the reader. When new evidence is published, it’s the responsibility of the clinician to take the new evidence into account when making clinical decisions. Additionally, the clinician is advised to recognize and follow any guidelines including, but not limited to, professional scope of practice, state practice acts and the duty of care.

As can be found on published position statements, we remind the reader of the following:

“NATA publishes its position statements as a service to promote the awareness of certain issues to its members. The information contained in the position statement is neither exhaustive nor exclusive to all circumstances or individuals. Variables such as institutional human resource guidelines, state or federal statutes, rules, regulations and regional environmental conditions may impact the relevance and implementation of these recommendations. NATA advises its members and others to carefully and independently consider each of the recommendations (including the applicability of same to any particular circumstance or individual). The position statement should not be relied upon as an independent basis for care, but rather as a resource available to NATA members or others. Moreover, no opinion is expressed herein regarding the quality of care that adheres to or differs from NATA’s position statements. NATA reserves the right to rescind or modify its position statements at any time.”