Contemporary Practice as a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist: A Practice Analysis

Pediatr Phys Ther. 2020 Oct;32(4):347-354. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000731.


Purpose: The purpose of the 2019 practice analysis was to identify the elements of contemporary practice as a board-certified pediatric clinical specialist.

Methods: Consistent with the processes of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), a subject matter expert panel used consensus-based processes to develop a survey to gather information concerning the knowledge areas, professional roles and responsibilities, practice expectations, and practice demographics of board-certified pediatric clinical specialists. The web-based survey was divided into 3 parts and administered to 3 separate groups of board-certified pediatric clinical specialists.

Results: Survey responses from 323 clinical specialists provided data to support confirmation and revision of the Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) for pediatrics.

Conclusions: The revised DSP will provide contemporary practice information to inform the ABPTS specialist examination blueprint and the curricula of credentialed residency programs in pediatric physical therapy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Certification / standards*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Physical Therapy Specialty / standards*
  • Physical Therapy Specialty / statistics & numerical data*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / standards*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States