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Continuing Competence Articles and Resources

Read about continuing competence issues

The following articles and links provide additional information about the topic of continuing competence.

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Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) Road Map to Continuing Competency Assurance

The Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) offers a road map to get us from where we are now to a national program for assessing and assuring competence. It is an action plan that recognizes and builds upon the diverse initiatives already undertaken by public and private oversight agencies.

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Consumer Survey Highlights Value of Certification

A survey commissioned by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) reveals some consumer opinions and perspectives on the importance of physician specialty certification and on ongoing competence assessment of physicians, as well as the key factors involved in choosing a physician.

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Continuing Competence Initiative

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy is developing a continuing competence initiative for use by state licensing boards in assessing the competence of licensees and certificate holders throughout their work life.

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Standards of Competence for Physical Therapists 

The Federation is committed to developing a framework that licensing boards may use to assess continuing competence of physical therapy practitioners. As part of that commitment, FSBPT has developed standards that articulate a measurable degree of required performance for PTs. The standards chosen may be used to determine a level of performance to which licensees might be held accountable for ongoing practice.

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Struggling With the Notion of Competency

Competency is defined by Webster as the quality of being adequately or well-qualified physically or intellectually. This is of absolutely no help in trying to define competency. Competency means very different things to very different people. Different stakeholders hold different perceptions of competencies and those views are very much shaped by the needs of each individual constituency group.

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