ABC to conduct practitioner practice analysis

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

The ABC Practice Analysis is a validation study that provides a contemporary description of the tasks and responsibilities of the O&P 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 the O&P disciplines the scope of services provided by certified practitioners.

“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,” Steven R. Whiteside, CO, FAAOP, chairman of the ABC Practice Analysis Task Force, stated in a press release. “Participation from the O&P community is critical. Once this Practice Analysis is complete, it will serve as a blueprint for contemporary practice.”

The survey will be emailed to all ABC-certified practitioners in mid-June. For more information, email

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