What you should know about GLA:D
GLA:D® stands for «Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark». The programme, consisting of three sections: “guidance and instruction”, “exercises” and “quality control through data collection” was introduced in Denmark in 2013.
The aim of GLA:D is to put international best practice guidelines into effect in a quality-controlled manner (www.glad.dk) and to enable people with arthrosis to enjoy a good quality of life. GLA:D® has also been successfully introduced in Australia, Canada and China in recent years. Since May 2019 this highly effective programme is now also available in Switzerland. Their introduction here was promoted by a lobby consisting of teaching and research representatives at the universities of applied sciences (HES-SO, SUPSI and ZHAW), the practice (Swiss Association for Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy) and patients (Rheumaliga Schweiz).
The GLA:D® Switzerland programme uses a uniform examination method consisting of standardised, evidence-based, practice-proven counselling, instructions and exercises with individual settings for dosage and intensity. Once patients have completed the programme, they have sufficient skills to manage their knee or hip problems independently. Long-term results from Denmark after 12 months** confirm: pain, walking ability and quality of life remained significantly better after 3 and 12 months and there was no decrease after 12 months as with other treatment methods.