At our annual symposium in April 2012, the Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) launched its first-ever Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Written by about 60 Canadian Pedorthists and reviewed by 33 foot professionals from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, this comprehensive manual is designed to raise the bar of pedorthic practice in Canada.
“Our primary objective when we started this project in the fall of 2010 was to develop a publication that would help improve patient care – and we have done that,” said PAC President Ryan Robinson, C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C). “I’m confident that our members will see the Clinical Practice Guidelines as an essential resource.”
For Mike Forgrave, C. Ped (C), Chair of PAC’s Clinical Practice Guidelines Task Force, the strength of the manual lies in the enthusiasm of the participants and in the rigour of the process.
“Our Task Force, writers, and reviewers were all volunteers. We all saw the need and potential for a comprehensive resource like this. It was no small amount of work, and our people met the challenge,” said Forgrave. “We’re also especially proud of our process. We used a double-blind review where authors and reviewers were not made known to each other during the review process, and we demanded significant citation where literature existed.”
“What we’ve ended up with is a publication that reflects and promotes current best practice about more than 60 conditions that pedorthists deal with,” added Robinson. “It will also serve as an excellent tool as we build closer relationships with physicians, podiatrists, and other health-care providers, as well as policy-makers.”
In the spirit of promoting best practice, PAC’s Board decided that every member would get a copy without additional charge. The manual now graces the shelves of more than 500 Pedorthists across the country. For non-members of PAC, the publication is for sale by clicking here.