A critical appraisal of "The value of adding mirror therapy for upper limb motor recovery of subacute stroke patients: a randomized controlled trial"




James, Shelby

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Mirror therapy is a form of physical therapy used in hemiplegic stroke patients to incorporate their uninvolved limb in the process of returning their involved limb to prior level of function in an effective manner. I gathered approximately 35 articles in my database search and narrowed down to this particular study to best answer my clinical question. I chose this article because of the clarity it provided in answering my question without adding in many extra limitations to the method or subject pool of the study. I began to thoroughly critique the article and found it to be quite reputable in the field of stroke rehabilitation, and it was backed up with sound literature for evidence. The study introduction, methods, results and discussion were evaluated and proven to be strong in their intended purposes.