Mobile Apps & Resources: Diabetes CPG

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  • In the ‘Evidence’ section, we assess how easily an app user can identify the app’s currency and support from the evidence
  • In the ‘Usability’ section, we assess the organization of information and other usability factors that may contribute to user experience

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Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines


Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines


Connie Winther & Rachel Zhao

Version reviewed


Device & OS used

iPad mini iOS 11.2

Date of review

March 26, 2018



Image Source: DC Clinical Practice Guidelines, Apple App Store. ‚ÄčRetrieved on April 5, 2019 from

App developer

Diabetes Canada 



iPhone, iPad and iPod touch 
iOS 8.0 or later

Country of origin



20.1 MB


Physicians primarily, other health care professionals working with patients with diabetes in Canada 




Stated Purpose

Published every five years, the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada represent the best and most current evidence-based clinical practice data for healthcare professionals. On a global stage, the Guidelines support Diabetes Canada's status as a leader in diabetes prevention and management, and help physicians guide their patients in the screening, prevention, diagnosis, care, management and education for Canadians living with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.


This app is designed to incorporate the professional healthcare tools, the executive summary, slide decks, and narrated slide presentations (from app store description






Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading

Names of authorship are given to some of the documents/presentations in the app, but not all. The entries in the app are clearly dated – main guidelines are from 2013, with updates clearly marked. All other documents have dates on them as well. The description of the grading system is not named, however clearly outlined in Chapter 2. 

The desktop pdf full guidelines has the full authorship details and the information on the grading system - Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE) II. 

Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

Recommendations are provided with level of evidence grading but not specific references are listed. The names of authors and the contact information for Canadian Diabetes Association are provided. Most of the reference sources are stated. 

Organization of  information: 

Information is organized into Tools, Videos, Slides, Chapters. 


Navigation within the overall app is simple. However, once going into some of the content it becomes difficult to figure out how to get back to the main page (e.g. if looking at a chapter, have to exit and reopen the app).

Internet connection required for use: Yes (Two content formats (Videos and Slides) are presented outside of the app and require Internet access); Text search field: Yes; Browsable content: Yes; Advertisements: No; Pop-up advertisements: No; In-app purchases: No