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In 2016 the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, & Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) contracted with Professional Examination Service (ProExam) to develop and implement a practice analysis and validation study for certified pedorthists. ABC performed a pedorthist practice analysis and validation study in 2009. In 2016, as planned, pedorthists were resurveyed in order to identify changes related to the delivery of care, the components available and the technology in use today.
The respondents to the survey have provided a great service to the profession. It is imperative that pedorthists and the profession recognize the importance of studies such as this that provide vital information to standard setting organizations.
The goal of the practice analysis is to determine current trends in the provision of pedorthic services by pedorthists.
The goal of the validation study was to identify priorities unique in the delivery of pedorthic care, e.g., What highly critical tasks are performed by all pedorthists? What subset of knowledge and skills is essential? Which procedures are most frequently implemented?
The results are being used to generate defensible credentialing test specifications designed for entry-level pedorthists. The results will also be used to identify specific topics for in-service and/or continuing education and to provide guidance for educational program enhancement in regard to curriculum review and/or programmatic self-assessment.
The specific objectives of the study were to: