Document Type

Critically Appraised Topic

Publication Date

2010

Clinical Question

Is mental imagery an effective intervention for functional rehabilitation of stroke patients with hemiparesis?

Clinical Bottom Line

This randomized, placebo-controlled trial tested the effectiveness of mental imagery (or mental practice) paired with physical practice of common activities of daily living, in comparison to a placebo relaxation program with physical practice. It showed the mental imagery significantly improved functional abilities over the placebo.

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