Launched in April 2013, the Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada are evidence-based clinical practice guidelines intended to help primary care physicians and other health-care professionals provide the very best patient-centered diabetes care and chronic disease management for their patients.

About the Clinical Practice Guidelines

Recognized internationally, and updated every five years since 1993, these guidelines provide recommendations on screening, prevention, diagnosis, education, care, and management of diabetes.

The Clinical Practice Guidelines Executive, Expert, Steering, and Methods committees, consisting of more than 150 professional volunteers, reviewed and assessed all relevant evidence published since 2008 regarding the prevention and management of diabetes. The data were then incorporated to update the chapters and revise the recommendations to aid healthcare providers in caring for the more than nine million Canadians currently living with diabetes or prediabetes.

During its launch in April, a number of health-care tools and information were actively disseminated to the health-care provider community. These tools, including searchable guidelines, slide sets, calculators, case studies, and reference guides, serve to provide quick, immediate access to guideline-based tools for use by health-care providers at point-of-care.

These guidelines are internationally recognized for quality, scientific rigour, and consistency. They serve as a global standard, and it is the hope that they will improve the quality of life of people living with diabetes.