GLA:D China was initiated by orthopaedic surgeons from Peking University People’s Hospital with funding from Beijing Joint Care Foundation. The GLA:D programme has been successfully delivered at the Department of Orthopaedics at a large general hospital and in a traditional community hospital. An electronic survey and a social media application are used to collect outcome data and patients’ feedback. The first 147 patients reported 40% pain reduction on average and improved physical function. To scale up GLA:D across China, Peking University reached an agree- ment on cofinanced research collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark. The first GLA:D course in China was held in September 2017 and certified nine orthopaedic surgeons, five nurses and two physiotherapists.