WHAT IS THE GLA:D® SWITZERLAND OSTEOARTHRITIS PROGRAM?
The acronym GLA:D® stands for Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark.
The program, which consists of the three areas of “advice and instruction”, “exercises” and “quality control by means of data collection”, was introduced in Denmark in 2013.
The aim of GLA:D® is to enable people with osteoarthritis to enjoy a good quality of life.
HOW DOES THE GLA:D® SWITZERLAND ARTHRITIS PROGRAM WORK?
Patients go through the so-called 3 – 2 – 12 – 1 program with their certified GLA:D® physiotherapist:
3 individual sessions with initial examination, tests and practical introduction to the exercise program.
2 group sessions with counseling and instruction
12 group sessions with neuromuscular exercise program
1 individual session with exit examination, including a short report to the referring doctor
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE GLA:D® SWITZERLAND?
Once patients have completed the program, they have sufficient skills to manage their knee or hip problems independently. This is also confirmed by the long-term results after 12 months.
Pain, walking ability and quality of life were significantly better after 3 and 12 months and did not show a decrease in improvement after 12 months, as is often the case with other treatment methods.
Thus, patients can benefit from greater physical activity, which improves their quality of life.
The GLA:D® Switzerland Osteoarthritis Program is covered by health insurance if prescribed by a physician.
EXPERTS ACCOMPANY YOU AND WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU ARE DOING WITH THE PROGRAM
The GLA:D® Switzerland Osteoarthritis Program is an overall concept and is offered and implemented by specially trained and certified physiotherapists. In addition to the entry and exit examination, follow-up questionnaires are administered to patients after 8 to 12 weeks and after 12 months.
All collected data are stored on a national server in the GLAD Switzerland registry. Individual reports are generated for the participant after completion of the GLAD program and after one year. The data of all participants are used in anonymized form for the annual quality monitoring and published in the annual report.
The GLAD data are collected for individual follow-up and general quality assurance, therefore no approval of an ethics committee is required.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN A GLA:D® SWITZERLAND PROGRAM?
If you would like to participate in a GLA:D® exercise program, certified GLA:D® physiotherapists throughout Switzerland are available to support you! Before participating in the exercise program, the GLA:D® physiotherapist will conduct an assessment of your current situation and then introduce you to the exercise program.