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Research Article  |   October 1998
Continuing Competence in the Health Professions
Author Affiliations
  • Judy Grossman, DrPH, OTR, FAOTA, is Senior Research Consultant, MAGI Educational Services, Inc., 7–11 South Broadway, White Plains, New York 19601, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, New York University, New York, New York
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Professional Issues / Special Issue on Professional Competence
Research Article   |   October 1998
Continuing Competence in the Health Professions
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1998, Vol. 52, 709-715. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.9.709
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1998, Vol. 52, 709-715. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.9.709
Abstract

The health professions are confronted with external pressures to assure the public of the continuing competence of health care providers and internal pressures for self-regulation. This article describes the forces driving continuing competence, the difficulty defining the scope of professional competencies for experienced practitioners, the difficulty creating valid measures to evaluate continuing competence, and the need for shared responsibility and collaboration among regulation boards, professional associations, and specialty certification programs. The article presents findings from the Study of Professions, which was based on literature review, document review, and telephone interviews with key informants from 13 regulated health professions.