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CADTH's Café Scientifique

Last updated: July 28, 2010
Product Line: Optimal Use
Result type: Report

12 sessions – February 17, 2010 to March 8, 2011

How Much Is Enough?
Testing your blood sugar in type 2 diabetes

In February 2010, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) held 12 Café Scientifique events across Canada that examined the evidence behind self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) by people with type 2 diabetes.

These events brought diverse audiences together, provided insight into CADTH’s recommendations on SMBG, and provoked lively discussion about the role of SMBG in diabetes self-management. CADTH thanks all the health care professionals, patients, and caregivers who attended, as well as the experts who served as panellists.

These Cafés are part of CADTH’s full suite of SMBG products, including scientific reports, intervention tools, and journal publications. For more information about these products, please contact your local Liaison Officer.

Cafés were held in the following cities:

  • St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (poster)
    Tuesday, March 8, 2011
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    Monday, February 28, 2011  
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Wednesday, December 1, 2010
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Tuesday, November 30, 2010
  • Vancouver, British Columbia (poster)
    Thursday, October 28, 2010
  • Edmonton, Alberta (poster)
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010
  • Moncton, New Brunswick (poster)
    Thursday, September 23, 2010
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (poster)
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 and Tuesday, March 2, 2010
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 and Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What is a Café Scientifique?

A Café Scientifique is an informal “town hall” where all are welcome. Experts speak briefly, and a lively audience discussion follows. Audience participants can voice their opinions, ask questions, or just listen. The atmosphere is relaxed, and light refreshments are served.

What are people saying about CADTH’s Café Scientifique events?

“As a student, I never considered why testing blood glucose for type 2 diabetes was important. To be honest, I monitor my patients because that’s how I was taught to practise. This information has been very helpful for my reflection on how I practise and why I do things. I still believe patients can benefit from testing, but it does need to include other interventions and education.”
(Edmonton, Alberta)

“I really enjoyed this session. The fiery conversation inspired by debate is well worth coming out on a night off. Finally, we are looking at why we do things rather than just doing what we always have.”
(Vancouver, British Columbia)

“It was a good opportunity to hear from those opposed to the recommendations."
(Moncton, New Brunswick)

 “Expert panel says most daily blood sugar tests unneeded”
(St. Albert Gazette, Alberta, October 30, 2010)

Café Casebook
The methodology and impact of a series of Café Scientifique events across Canada to exchange the knowledge generated by CADTH’s study into self-monitoring of blood glucose by people with type 2 diabetes not using insulin.

Production of materials for this event has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The views expressed at this event do not necessarily represent the views of PHAC. CADTH’s research on self-monitoring of blood glucose was funded by Health Canada.