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Practice Analysis of Certified Pedorthists

January 2017


Task Force Selection

ABC selected a Practice Analysis Task Force (PATF) to undertake the major work involved in updating the delineation of practice. The PATF was selected to represent a wide range of key background characteristics, such as: certified pedorthists, including those solely certified as a C.Ped, as well as those with additional ABC credentials; those closer to the point of certification and more experienced practitioners; individuals from different types of work settings and representing various geographic regions; those with previous experience in ABC practice analysis studies; those having held leadership positions in ABC, or having served in other capacities such as member of the examination committees; and individuals new to the practice analysis process.

ProExam completed the following steps in collaboration with the PATF:

  • Pre-meeting data collection with PATF
  • Conducted two meetings of the PATF
  • Developed and conducted an online survey of practice, the Practice Analysis Survey of Certified Pedorthists. The survey comprises two versions, wherein respondents answered some sections in common, but were randomly routed to one of two subsections of ratings for either tasks or knowledge. The survey included the following components:

- Introduction: Including a description of the purpose of the survey and instructions for completing the survey

- Screening Question: To determine if respondent had been practicing as a pedorthist in the past 12 months

- Section 1: Respondents were randomly routed to rate either Tasks or Knowledge and Skills

- Tasks, including 59 tasks delineated in association with six domains of practice, or

- Knowledge and Skills, including 88 knowledge and skills statements

- Section 2: Domains, including six domains of practice

- Section 3: Patient Characteristics and Practice Descriptions

- Section 4: Pedorthic Practice Area and Device Lists, including activities performed in connection with pedorthic devices

- Section 5: Background Information, including questions about the respondent’s educational and professional background, work setting and demographic characteristics

- Section 6: Qualitative Comments, including open-ended questions regarding the changes in practice and benefits of certification