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Competency standards for newly graduated prosthetist/orthotists in Sweden
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. CHILD.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8994-8786
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation.
2018 (English)In: Prosthetics and orthotics international, ISSN 0309-3646, E-ISSN 1746-1553Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Background:

There are currently no national competency standards upon which to develop educational objectives for prosthetist/orthotists in Sweden. While standards have been developed in other countries, they cannot be applied without confirming their relevance in a Swedish context.

Objectives:

To describe and obtain consensus on core competencies required for newly graduated prosthetist/orthotists in Sweden.

Study design:

Modified Delphi process.

Methods:

A modified Delphi technique was carried out. Focus groups were initially used to identify core competency domains. Two consecutive questionnaires, containing a list of potential competency items, were sent to a group of stakeholders with ties to the prosthetic and orthotic profession. Stakeholders were requested to rate their level of agreement with each competency item and provide written comments. Finally, two focus groups were conducted to obtain feedback on the draft competency standards.

Results:

Forty-four competency items, listed under five key domains of practice, were identified as essential for newly graduated prosthetist/orthotists in Sweden.

Conclusions:

Many similarities exist in core competency descriptions for prosthetist/orthotists in Sweden when compared to other countries. Regional differences do however exist, and it is important to confirm the relevance of core competency items at a national level before they are applied.

Clinical relevance

Competency standards developed in this study can be used to guide development of learning objectives within an undergraduate prosthetic and orthotic program, provide a framework for workforce development, assist professional organizations in understanding the needs of their members, and prepare for international accreditation.

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Sage Publications, 2018.
Keywords [en]
Prosthetics, orthotics, education, consensus, competency standards, Delphi technique
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-39522DOI: 10.1177/0309364618774056PubMedID: 29775171OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-39522DiVA, id: diva2:1209900
Available from: 2018-05-24 Created: 2018-05-24 Last updated: 2018-05-24Bibliographically approved

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