The Essentials

Building Competency in Diabetes Education

The Essentials has been widely used by primary care and allied health practitioners for nearly two decades. It is a comprehensive clinical resource based on the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines, updated each year with the best practices for treatment. Whether your practice involves occasional or daily treatment of patients living with diabetes, the Essentials is a valuable resource to have at your disposal.

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Special pricing is available for organizations wishing to purchase multiple copies of The Essentials for their employees. Group pricing is standardized for organizations from 4-40 people. 

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Clinical Resource

Primary care and allied health practitioners who treat patients living with diabetes either occasionally or daily, will benefit from having The Essentials at their disposal. Everything you need to know is up to date, and at your fingertips.

Exam prep

CDE Exam Prep

The Essentials is the perfect study resource for your CDE prep. Your CDE prep package will include The Essentials Digital Textbook, knowledge check questions for each chapter, a practice exam, and access to the Community Forum where you can interact with others studying for their certification.

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Additional Free Diabetes Education

Diabetes and Obesity

This 5-part asynchronous obesity education series includes practical information and resources designed to support obesity management among diabetes educators.

The modules are based on the most current Canadian guidelines for obesity and diabetes management and utilize the latest advances in e-learning design to introduce approaches that you can start using immediately with your patients.

Diabetes Simplified

Diabetes Simplified is a 6-module accredited course designed to provide healthcare practitioners with the latest evidence and key information from the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines. The course includes practical evidence that can be integrated into practice immediately. 

This 2 credit-per-hour self-learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+® credits.

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The Essentials