December 01, 2003

Canadian Journal of Diabetes, December 2003; 27 (Supplement 2)

The 1998 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Diabetes in Canada, developed by the Clinical & Scientific Section of the Canadian Diabetes Association, were the first comprehensive, evidence-based, clinical practice guidelines for diabetes care that allowed readers to independently judge the value of the diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic recommendations. Since then, several large Canadian and international studies have greatly expanded what is known about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all types of diabetes.

The Clinical Practice Guidelines were developed over two years by a volunteer Expert Committee representing key stakeholders across Canada. The process included a broad-based review to ensure that the diabetes community at large had input into the document.

The Guidelines are designed to help translate clinical evidence about diabetes and its complications into information healthcare professionals can use in their everyday practice. The guidelines will also serve to inform healthcare policy as governments face a looming and costly diabetes epidemic.

This issue can be found on line at the Canadian Diabetes Association.