ABC to Conduct Orthotic Fitter Practice Analysis

Debbie Ayres

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) is conducting an extensive survey of ABC orthotic fitters to collect detailed information necessary to develop a new practice analysis of this discipline. The participation of all ABC certified orthotic fitters is critical.

Last published for orthotic fitters in 2011, ABC practice analyses are 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 future valid and reliable exams; to determine current trends and directions in practice; to provide a framework for education and accreditation and to convey to those outside our disciplines the scope of services provided by certified orthotic fitters.

It is critical that we obtain as many informed responses as possible in order to ensure the quality of the certification exam 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 orthotic fitters in late August. Data collection is the most critical step in developing any practice analysis and we encourage all ABC Certified Orthotic Fitters to participate in this important survey. If we do not have your current email address, please send it as soon as possible to info@abcop.org.

“This detailed survey will allow us to build a practice profile of the contemporary orthotic fitter, and therefore identify the essential knowledge and skills needed in the delivery of safe and effective patient care. Participation from the orthotic fitter community is critical. Once the practice analysis is complete, it will serve as a blueprint for all aspects of contemporary orthotic fitter practice,” according to Deborah Merritt Plescia, CPO and ABC President.

Certified orthotic fitters are in a unique position to provide vital information about the practice of this aspect of O&P and can contribute to the future of the profession by completing and returning the survey. We encourage your support.