The GLA:D Canada 2021-2022 Annual Report provides the results of the program through 2021 and 2022. It thereby represents the program transition through the pandemic with many clinics providing the education and/or exercise component of the GLA:D program through virtual care, allowing patients to participate in the safety of their own homes, with a return in 2022 to in-person treatment sessions.
Results showed that the program continued to grow between 2021 and 2022:
– 1800 trained by the end of 2022 of which 75% were physiotherapists,
– 486 sites across Canada offering the program in all provinces, except Quebec, and in 2 territories, and
– 10,316 patients enrolled in the program.
– over 87% of patients finding the program beneficial or very beneficial,
– 90% of patients using the education at least once per week,
– 51% of hip and 56.4% of knee participants reported an improvement in their Function, and
– 57.6% of hip and 64.4% knee participants reported an improvement in their quality of life.
Osteoarthritis affects millions of people across Canada preventing them from being active and doing the things they enjoy.
Education sessions have been developed for people who want more information about hip and knee OA either for themselves, or to support someone living with OA. The sessions provide information to help with the diagnosis and management of OA with a focus on remaining as active as possible. Information is provided on:
The 2 sessions are provided by a therapist and a person who lives with OA. They are 45 mins long with time given throughout to answer questions so that we can help you do the things you enjoy. To register for the sessions, please go to the registration page.
The GLA:D® program is an education and exercise program which promotes independence in physical activity. Many GLA:D trained clinicians are providing the program for people in their own homes through visual technology on their smartphones, tablets or laptops. The program may be all virtual or may include some in person and some virtual sessions to help you set up the program in your home.
We have provided some information here to help you decide if virtual care is appropriate for you.
Our locations page identifies which clinics provide the program virtually, however this changes so contact your local clinic to confirm. Remember that if you want to take all the sessions at home then you can attend a program anywhere in the province that you live in. So phone around to check the costs and schedules.
If you have any questions about virtual care contact the GLA:D™ Canada national team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GLA:D® is an evidence-based program for treatment and management of osteoarthritic symptoms. GLA:D™ Canada is licensed to the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. It is currently being implemented by Bone and Joint Canada, a knowledge translation division of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation.