The Canadian Diabetes Association, The Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism and mdBriefCase Diabetes Modules a Colossal Success

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - In only five months, more than 5,500 Canadian
healthcare professionals have benefited from the new mdBriefCase on-line
continuing health education modules based on the Canadian Diabetes Association
2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of
Diabetes in Canada (2008 Guidelines).
    Free to healthcare professionals, the initial 11 modules were developed
by the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Society of Endocrinology and
Metabolism (CSEM) and mdBriefCase and were funded through educational grants
from Novo Nordisk, Johnson & Johnson, Boehringer Ingelheim and GSK Canada Inc.
    The diabetes modules cover a variety of topics such as optimizing care,
diabetes in pregnancy, insulin and pharmacotherapy. Program participants are
provided with dynamic eLearning courses that summarize the 2008 Guidelines in
practical terms and give them an opportunity to apply their learning
immediately through interactive case studies and peer discussion.

    The modules are available at and

    Initial feedback from these programs has been extremely positive. Based
on a recent participant survey, 98% reported that the learning was helpful to
their practice. The majority felt they could implement these recommendations
immediately in their practice and provided concrete examples of ways they will
improve patient care.
    "It is very rewarding to be involved in such an important initiative",
says Nancy Thomson, VP of mdBriefCase. "With our reach to over 72,000 health
professionals, we are thrilled to be in a position to assist the Canadian
Diabetes Association and CSEM with guidelines implementation. The sheer number
of participants in these programs reinforces how important diabetes education
is. We will continue to work with the Canadian Diabetes Association and CSEM
to support health professionals and ultimately, improve patient outcomes."
    "We're pleased that the healthcare community and clinicians are engaging
with the 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines through the mdBriefCase diabetes
modules," said Margaret Beatty, Vice President, Research, Professional
Education and Government Affairs, Canadian Diabetes Association. "The 2008
Guidelines are the best and most current evidence-based clinical practice data
for healthcare professionals treating patients that are living with or at risk
of diabetes. We hope many more thousands of Canadian healthcare professionals
will use the diabetes modules in the months and years ahead."
    "We are very excited about the initial results on these programs," said
Dr. Robert Josse, chair, eCME programs and past president CSEM. "mdBriefCase
has given us the ability to quickly disseminate information on the new 2008
Guidelines and address educational gaps in an extremely effective way."

    About mdBriefCase

    mdBriefCase Inc., has been providing on-line information resources for
Canadian healthcare professionals since 2002. Healthcare professionals must
register to have access to services, which include both accredited learning
programs (CME/CE) and non-accredited information (up to-the-minute global
medical news, advertising, newsletters, guidelines, patient counseling
resources, and more). The mdBriefCase membership now constitutes the largest
multi-disciplinary healthcare community in Canada with 42,000 physicians (out
of 55,000 in Canada), 21,000 pharmacists (out of 29,000 in Canada) and 10,000
allied healthcare professionals.
    mdBriefCase Inc is the on-line CE partner for the; Canadian
Cardiovascular Society (CCS), Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of
Canada (SOGC), Canadian Society of Endocrinology & Metabolism (CSEM), Canadian
Diabetes Association (CDA), Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA), Family
Physicians Airways Group (FPAG), Canadian Pain Association (CPA), Canadian
Pediatric Association (CPA), Canadian Association of Physician Assistants
(CAP), Ontario Nurse Practitioners Association (ONPA) and Canadian Partnership
Against Cancer (CPAC).

    About the Canadian Diabetes Association

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works in communities across the country
to promote the health of Canadians and eliminate diabetes through our strong
nationwide network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals,
researchers, partners and supporters. In the struggle against this global
epidemic, our expertise is recognized around the world. The Canadian Diabetes
Association: setting the world standard.

    About CSEM

    The Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) is a
professional organization bringing together clinical endocrinologists,
educators and researchers engaged in providing health care, training and
research within the broad domain of endocrinology. The CSEM is a national
advocate for excellence in endocrinology research, education, and patient
care, and its mandate is to advance the discipline of endocrinology and
metabolism in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Nancy Thomson, VP, mdBriefCase,, (416) 488-5500 ext 227,; Cynthia
Hastings-James, President, rxBriefCase,, (416) 488-5500
ext 221,; Jeremy Brace, Canadian Diabetes
Association,, (416) 408-7071,

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