Referring adult patients to community diabetes education programs is quick and simple

Diabetes Central Ottawa – Intake & Referral (DCO) represents a single access point to  Community Diabetes Education Programs (CDEPs) for adults (18+) with one form, one fax number. Find the referral form here and fax the completed form to our office.

The CDEPs provide education and support to adults living with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. A range of services include group and individual sessions on diabetes management, and insulin/GLP-1 Analog initiation and management. Education teams consist of Registered Dietitians (RDs) and Registered Nurses (RNs); many are also Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs).

Once you refer to DCO, DCO triages your referral to a CDEP. The CDEP contacts your patient directly to set up appointments and keeps you informed. DCO sends you a note informing when the referral was triaged, providing the CDEPs contact information for your records.

The community diabetes education programs are available to adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes whether they need an endocrinologist or not

Located across Ottawa and one in Kemptville; click here to see programs and locations.

Funding for this program is provided by Ontario Health. DCO’s six partner Diabetes Education Programs are:

Facts on the community diabetes education programs:

  • Referring is easy with the printable referral form
  • Programs are offered by Registered Dietitians, Registered Nurses and Certified Diabetes Educators who specialize in diabetes.
  • Group programs and individual appointments with nurse and/or dietitian; offering virtual, telephone and in-person appointments.
  • Work with referring physicians, nurse practitioner and specialists when adjusting diabetes medications.
  • Patients who are referred will receive individualized or group diabetes education sessions.  Schooled in principles of adult education, educators assess needs then use a combination of health coaching, motivation techniques and conversation to facilitate learning and enhance self-management skills.
  • There are additional services and supports your patients can access through the Diabetes Educators such as foot care assessment, a label-reading course and grocery store tours.