Small Group Learning to be used to Educate Providers in Osteoarthritis Pain

Small Group Learning to be used to Educate Providers in Osteoarthritis Pain
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NEW YORK (5/10/2021) - DKBmed, LLC will utilize a small group learning approach to educate health care providers on ways to improve treatment of osteoarthritis pain. The program, called Gather-ed: Osteoarthritis & Pain - Intensive Training in Osteoarthritis Pain Management, employs a collaborative learning environment for health care providers who treat people with osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a major public health challenge, affecting more than 10% of adults in the United States. Effective and safe pain management options are limited, and the current opioid crisis makes finding new, safe pain treatments even more important. Management options for osteoarthritis mostly offer a small benefit and have been unchanged for years. Gather-ed: Osteoarthritis & Pain seeks to change this by educating providers on the role of nerve growth factor (NGF) in osteoarthritis pain and how investigational medications blocking NGF may benefit patients with osteoarthritis.

“The physical changes caused by osteoarthritis lead to significant pain, disability, and consequently, substantial personal, societal, and economic burdens,” said Yvonne D'Arcy, MS, ARNP-C, CNS, FAANP and program director of Gather-ed: Osteoarthritis & Pain. “New medications that safely and effectively manage chronic pain are desperately needed because, currently, treatment for osteoarthritis is largely inadequate.”

Gather-ed: Osteoarthritis & Pain will bring together 10 groups of 10 to 15 professionally connected clinicians who will complete the two-hour curriculum over a period lasting up to 12 weeks. Each group will be led by a mentor (Group Leader) with expertise in managing osteoarthritis and pain. Through the Gather-ed platform:

  • Group members discuss, create & debate with support and mentorship from the group leader.
  • Group members have a shared purpose of making sense of the information, achieving clarify, and creating realistic action plans.
  • All members can view their group’s overall progress and scores, along with benchmarking opportunities.

More Pain Management Education from DKBmed
DKBmed announces another pain management program, Optimizing Pain Management - Osteoarthritis Education for Pharmacists, a webcast designed specifically for managed care and pharmacy professionals, delivered on the Power-Pak online portal. The webcast will deliver the latest information on currently available pain management options for patients with osteoarthritis, with insights from pharmacy and pain management experts, along with 2D and 3D animation to illustrate how current and in-development medications behave differently to mediate pain in patients. The education will introduce new data on nerve growth factor, its application in pain management, and how in-development therapies mediate pain in patients in osteoarthritis.

About Gather-ed

The Gather-ed digital platform offers a social learning experience that prioritizes interactions and individual contributions within the group setting. Focused on an educational process delivering formative learning experiences, group members discuss, create & debate, with support and mentorship from the group leader. Gather-ed creates transformative educational experiences that improve teamwork, increase connectedness, establish mentoring relationships, increase empathy among team members, and strengthen patient-provider relationships.

About DKBmed

DKBmed is an integrated continuing medical education company operated by a team of medical education experts. DKBmed provides health care professionals effective medical education that closes identified knowledge and practice gaps to improve patient health.

Working with accredited providers, DKBmed develops innovative educational programs and quality improvement initiatives and specializes in bringing new learning methodologies to the CME landscape. DKBmed has become a leader in QI in the independent medical education space with QI projects in pain management, HIV, depression, and diabetic eye disease. At the immediate outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, DKBmed and its partners coproduced a live webcast that was watched by more than 11,000 clinicians globally. Webcast participants submitted more than 500 questions to our faculty during that first webcast.

DKBmed was also an early adopter of case scenarios with recorded and live actors, TED/DKBmed Talks, 3D animation, webcasts, podcasts, e-mail, and mobile phone applications for clinicians and patients. These forward-thinking approaches enable health care professionals to learn using state-of-the-art techniques and access educational programs in a manner that is most convenient and appropriate for them.

DKBmed's programs are accessible through the company's web site ( They reach more than 150,000 health care professionals in primary care and in a variety of specialties, including HIV, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, infectious disease, dermatology, ophthalmology, rheumatoid arthritis, pulmonary disease, nephrology, multiple sclerosis, gout, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, depression, viral hepatitis, eating disorders, and pain management.