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Practice Analysis of ABC Certified Orthotic Fitters

January 2019


Survey of Practice

PES developed a survey of practice, the Practice Analysis Survey of Orthotic Fitters, including the following components:

  • Introduction – including a description of the purpose of the survey and instructions for completing the survey.

  • Screening question – to ensure that the respondent was currently working as an orthotic fitter.

  • Section 1: Tasks – including 32 delineated tasks in association with six domains of practice.

  • Section 2: Domains – including six domains of practice.

  • Section 3: Knowledge and Skills – including 36 knowledge statements and 18 skills grouped in six general areas.

  • Section 4: Practice Areas and Device Lists – including percent of time spent in five areas of practice and activities performed in connection with 58 orthotic devices.

  • Section 5: Qualitative Questions – including four open-ended questions regarding expected changes in the profession over the next three years related to reimbursement, credentialing, professional status, and expansion into diabetic/wound care along with one question concerning the availability of continuing education.

  • Section 6: Background Information – including questions about the respondent’s patient population, educational and professional background, work setting, and demographic characteristics.

Review of Data

PES analyzed the data, developed a description of practice, and developed empirically-derived test specifications.

Survey Response Rate

An invitation to participate in the survey was sent out to the entire population of 1,540 ABC Certified Fitter-orthotics via email. Two hundred forty-five orthotic fitters completed the online survey, for a response rate of 17%. The number of responses was far greater than that achieved in previous surveys of the profession and is large enough to generate a valid test content outline for the CFo examination. This response rate is very acceptable when compared with studies of other professions where potential respondents were required to respond to a detailed and comprehensive study such as that used in the current study.