GLA:D® International Network

Overview

History and aims

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.

 

What is GLA:D®?

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®
    registry

GLA:D® International Network

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® Denmark

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.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GLA:D IN DENMARK

GLA:D™ Canada

Implementation of GLA:D® began in Canada in 2016, and as of the end of 2017 is now available at 61 sites, in 5 provinces.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT GLA:D CANADA

GLA:D® Australia

Implementation of GLA:D® began in Australia in 2017, and as of the end of 2018 is now available at more than 250 locations across all states and territories.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT GLA:D AUSTRALIA

 

GLA:D® China

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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GLA:D® Switzerland

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.

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GLA:D® New Zealand

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.

WEBSITE COMING SOON!

Effective

The GLA:D® Programme is a standardised, yet individualised, programme that has been designed to use common and inexpensive equipment, found in private clinics, hospitals and patients homes.

Treatment

Hip & Knee

The GLA:D® Programme is effective at:

  • reducing pain
  • reducing use of analgesics
  • improving physical function
  • increasing physical activity levels
  • increasing quality of life

Back

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.

News

GLA:D® is coming to New Zealand

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

GLA:D® Switzerland

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.

Clinic in every state of Australia

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