The Canadian Diabetes Association estimates that by the year 2020, more than 1 in 4 Canadians will be living with either prediabetes or diabetes.1 These patients are going to require extensive training and educational resources to improve glycemic control and reduce their risk of diabetic complications. Healthcare professionals, and particularly pharmacists, are ideally positioned to provide this education due to their accessibility and their strong relationships with patients. With the proper education, they can become diabetes experts and greatly improve the overall health of diabetes patients in their community.
Diabetes Education: A Comprehensive Review
is a certificate-level continuing education program designed to provide you with the tools you need to educate your patients, or prepare to write the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) exam. It can enhance your knowledge on all aspects of diabetes management including glycemic targets, medication/nutritional management, diabetic complications as well as the education theory and self-management strategies that can enhance the education of all your patients with diabetes.
The following modules are the core components of the program:
- Pathophysiology and Prevention of Diabetes
- Diagnosis and Targets
- Lifestyle Management
- Pharmacotherapy for Type 2 Diabetes
- Intensive Insulin Therapy
- Acute Complications of Diabetes
- Chronic Complications – Renal, Retinopathy
- Chronic Complications – Macrovascular
- Chronic Complications – Erectile, Dysfunction, Neuropathy, Foot Care
- Special Circumstances
- Diabetes Across the Lifespan
- Diabetes Education
- Apply your Knowledge in Order to Receive your Certificate
1 Reference: Canadian Diabetes Association. Diabetes: Canada at the Tipping Point - Charting a New Path. Available at: http://www.diabetes.ca/advocacy/reports-and-information/diabetes-canada-at-the-tipping-point/. Accessed April 10, 2011.
Upon successful completion of this certificate-level continuing education program, you will be better able to:
- Discuss the pathophysiology, epidemiology and risk factors for the development of the different types of diabetes.
- Review with a patient the diagnosis of diabetes as well as glycemic targets and parameters requiring monitoring to reduce the risk of diabetic complications.
- Educate a patient on the role of nutritional therapy in the management of diabetes.
- Counsel a patient on the different pharmacological treatment options for the different types of diabetes
- Review the different strategies to prevent, screen and identify diabetic complications.
- Utilize the self-management educational model to enhance the diabetes education provided to patients.
- Tailor the diabetes education provided to patients based on patient factors and their stage of life (e.g. child, adolescent, adult).
- Michael Boivin, B. Pharm.
- Johanne Fortier, BSc.Sc, BPh.LPh, CDE
- Carlene Oleksyn, B.S.P. (Pharm)
CCCEP File Number: 1066-2016-1757-I-P
This continuing education program has been accredited by the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) for a total of 14 CEUs.
The first 12 modules are 1 CEU each and the final module is a self-reflective exercise worth 2 CEUs.
Please note that in order to successfully complete the full certificate program, you must complete and pass all module requirements. Participants who successfully complete all module requirements will receive a printable Program Certificate.
Accreditation expires: May 12, 2017