The 5 Rs for All Patients with Diabetes

Recognize is your reminder to consider diabetes risk factors for all of your patients, and screen appropriately for type 2 diabetes.

Does this mean…

I have to do a bloodtest on everyone?


OR, that I have to look for type 2 diabetes risk factors in everyone?

Whom should I screen?

Screen every 3 years in individuals > 40 years of age or in individuals at high risk using a risk calculator. Screen earlier and/or more frequently in people with additional risk factors for diabetes or for those at very high risk using a risk calculator.

What are the numbers?


But, how do I actually do this in my practice?

  • If you have an Electronic Medical Record (EMR), program alerts to remind you to screen your patients for type 2 diabetes, or,
  • Populate this registry template with your patients
    • And stay tuned as we develop more EMR templates to facilitate diabetes care
  • No EMR? No problem…
    • Ask your patients to complete a CANRISK questionnaire while they are waiting for their appointment with you, and ask them about their result when they see you
    • Keep this quick reference for screening and diagnosis posted where you will see it in your examination room

Quick Reference Guide:Download PDF

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