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What is expertise?

NCOR and the iO are pleased to be able to congratulate Carol Fawkes, who has successfully defended her doctoral thesis in May this year. Carol is NCOR’s senior research officer, contributing greatly to the research development for the profession, and her thesis is the culmination of over three years’ continuous study focusing on the use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) in clinical osteopathic practice.

Achieving a PhD generally recognises that the recipient of a PhD is an expert in their field of study, so NCOR’s Austin Plunkett and Dawn Carnes take this opportunity to reflect on their colleague’s success while asking – what is expertise?

Expertise is notoriously hard to define, and its meaning varies across disciplines. Definitions tend to focus on the possession of extensive knowledge and abilities within a particular area, beyond the capabilities of a novice or the general population and with validation by an awarding organisation.

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