Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark (GLA:D®) is an initiative from the Research Unit for Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy at the University of Southern Denmark. The programme began in Denmark in 2013.
The overarching aim of GLA:D®
- Equal access for all osteoarthritis patients to evidence-based patient education and exercise irrespective of place of residence and financial situation.
- Surgery is indicated only when nonoperative treatment fails.
GLA:D® represents an evidence-based treatment plan for osteoarthritis consisting of patient education and neuromuscular exercise with the overarching aim of implementing current clinical guidelines for osteoarthritis into clinical care.
Three mandatory elements of GLA:D®
- Education of physical therapists in delivering patient education and neuromuscular exercise training
- Two sessions of patient education and a minimum of 6 weeks of neuromuscular exercise for patients at the individual GLA:D® units
- Registration of patient data in the national GLA:D®
The GLA:D® International Network (GIN) was established in 2018, following successful implementation of the Danish-initiated programme in Canada, Australia, China and Switzerland. The number of countries involved continues to grow.
GLA:D® is available all over Denmark. As of the end of 2017, a total of 1,109 clinicians had completed the GLA:D® course and 383 units, including 34 municipal rehabilitation centers, had treated GLA:D® patients. Over the last 5 years, close to 30,000 patients have completed GLA:D® treatment plans.
Implementation of GLA:D® began in Beijing, China, in 2017, and was initiated by orthopaedic surgeons from Peking University People’s Hospital with funding from Beijing Joint Care Foundation
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Implementation of GLA:D® in Switzerland in November 2018, where it is hosted by a group of leading local researchers and practitioners. Since May 2019 physiotherapists in Switzerland have been delivering the program to patients.
Implementation of GLA:D® in New Zealand in November 2019, where it is hosted by a group of leading local researchers and practitioners. Accredited physiotherapists will begin delivering the program to patients in 2020.
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Implementation of GLA:D® in Austria started in November 2020, where it is hosted by the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten in cooperation with Physiozentrum für Weiterbildung. Since September 2020 physiotherapists in Austria have been delivering the program to patients.
The GLA:D® Programme is effective at:
- reducing pain
- reducing use of analgesics
- improving physical function
- increasing physical activity levels
- increasing quality of life
Given the huge success of standardised, yet individualised, group exercise and education programme for hip and knee osteoarthritis, the GLA:D® Denmark team are preparing a similar Program for an equally important and common musculoskeletal condition – low back pain.
Professor Ewa Roos, the programmes co-eveloper, and Dr Christian Barton, GLA:D® Australia’s project co-lead, will be running two courses in New Zealand. They will be assisted by the team developing the GLA:D® New Zealand programme. GLA:D® New Zealand Courses
May 2019 – The GLA:D® Hip and Knee Program is now available in 50 centres across Switzerland! For more information please visit the GLA:D® Switzerland page.
March 2019 – the GLA:D® knee and hip program is available in every state and territory of Australia. For more information please visit the GLA:D® Australia Website