GLA:D Canada

Based on Good Life with Osteoarthritis in Denmark (GLA:D®), the GLA:DTM Canada program follows current recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA). The program reflects the latest OA research and has been developed based on feedback from people with OA, as well as healthcare professionals who provide care to individuals with mild to severe symptoms. GLA:D® provides an evidence-based approach that works in the real world.

If you would like to register for an upcoming GLA:D program, please call us at (604) 827-6959 or reach us by email at pt.clinic@ubc.ca


It is a 7-week education and exercise program for individuals with stiff or painful knees and/or hips or individuals with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. Research shows participants in GLA:D® are more physically active, report less pain, reduce the use of pain medications and may delay or prevent the need for surgery.

To determine if you will benefit from the GLA:D® program you will undergo an assessment by a health care practitioner, which will include a physical assessment as well as some functional tests. Once you have been told the program is right for you, the GLA:D® program consists of:

  • Two 60-minute group education sessions
  • Twelve 60-minute exercise sessions completed with other GLA:D participants
  • Data collection for quality monitoring

Option to register in the GLA:DTM Canada database to provide your outcomes and complete follow-up surveys (pre-program, 3 months, and 12 months after completing GLA:DTM Canada program. This information will monitor how the program is working for people with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis across the country and help us improve the program.

If you answer ‘yes’ to the question below GLA:D is likely a good program for you!

  • Do I have pain and/or stiffness in my knees and/or hips?

For more information about the program please visit: gladcanada.ca


Upcoming GLA:D Program – August 20th – October 3rd (now accepting names for waitlist)

Location: UBC PTRC, 2177 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z3 

Term Dates: August 20 – October 3  (7 weeks, 2 info sessions, 12 exercise classes)  

Class Times: Tues & Thurs – 12 pm (1 hour)  

Teacher: Claire Chappell 

Cost: Assessment $70/80 (Assessment is required to join the program, please book one before term starts if required), Term $210 (to be paid on the first visit, this is nonrefundable except for extenuating circumstances)  

Parking: Paid Parking is available at the front of the Freidman Building, please refer to our map below.  

Additional Info: Classes in week 1 will be education and information-based (in a classroom), and weeks 2 – 7 will be GLA:D exercise program. 

For more information about GLA:D and what to expect in the coming weeks, you can visit their website here.

GLA:D Online Maintenance Program

Now available for those who have previously completed the in-person program!

Class Times: Tuesdays 10.30 am – Via Zoom

Call or email for more details

phone: (604) 827-6959

email: pt.clinic@ubc.ca