ABC to Conduct Practitioner Practice Analysis

Debbie Ayres

​​​​​​The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) is conducting an extensive survey of ABC orthotists and prosthetists to collect detailed information necessary to develop a new Practice Analysis of Certified Practitioners in the Disciplines of Orthotics and Prosthetic and the participation of all ABC certified practitioners is critical.

Last published in 2007, the ABC Practice Analysis is a validation study focusing on providing a contemporary description of the tasks and responsibilities of the orthotic and prosthetic profession. The survey results will be used in the development of valid and reliable exams; to determine current trends and future directions in practice; to provide a framework for education, accreditation and residency programs and to convey to others outside our disciplines the scope of services provided by certified practitioners.

It is critical that ABC obtain as many informed responses as possible in order to ensure the quality of the certification examination and to make sure it fully assesses the domains, tasks, knowledge and skills needed in the profession.

The survey will be emailed to all ABC certified practitioners in mid-June. Data collection is the most critical step in developing any Practice Analysis and ABC encourages all of its certified orthotists and prosthetists to participate in this important survey. If ABC does not have your current email address, please send it as soon as possible to ​​​info@abcop.org​. ​​​

Steven R. Whiteside, CO, FAAOP, ABC Practice Analysis Task Force Chairman, shares his thoughts about the importance of the survey process. “This detailed survey will allow us to build the practice profile of the contemporary O&P practitioner, and therefore identify the knowledge and skills needed to provide proper patient care. Participation from the O&P community is critical. Once the Practice Analysis is complete, it will serve as a blueprint for contemporary practice.”

Certified practitioners are in a unique position to provide vital information about the pr​actice of O&P and contribute to the future of the profession by completing and returning the survey. ABC encourages your support.​