It’s a survey designed to identify specific tasks and tools that acupuncturists employ in their practices, and also to collect demographic data about those practices.
Because a JTA can be used for a number of different purposes, there are a number of good reasons to do one.
The primary purpose of POCA Tech’s JTA was to validate POCA Tech’s acupuncture training curriculum. Being a new school, it’s important to us to confirm that what we are teaching at POCA Tech matches what POCA acupuncturists are doing in POCA clinics.
POCA Tech contracted with a psychometrics firm, Measurement Incorporated, to help us create, administer, and analyze a survey designed to learn what we wanted to know.
In September 2016, a small group of “subject matter experts” (about a dozen acupuncturists, 10 or so from POCA and 2 representing private room practice, including David Miller, President of the American Society of Acupuncturists) convened during a POCAfest to create the survey.
Over the next 6 months it was refined, edited, and translated to an online survey tool, thanks to the help of Jen Mylo, a POCA Tech student with this expertise. Other POCA Tech students helped gather email addresses of acupuncturists.
In June 2017, we launched the survey and received a total of 1226 responses. Because POCA Tech doesn’t have a lot of money, in distributing the survey we concentrated on: POCA members, members of other acupuncture organizations particularly the ASA, and a crowd-sourcing push on social media.
We are currently analyzing the survey responses and we will post the results soon. If you would like to receive an email when we post the results, please add your email address to the list.