Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Healthcare Informatics

First Advisor

Glenn Mitchell

Abstract

Stroke is a very important health problem faced worldwide with high mortality and incidence. The majority of stroke survivors suffer temporary or permanent disabilities of which hemiparesis is one of the most common. Hemiparesis makes it difficult for patients to perform their activities of daily living and often they have declining quality of life. Mirror therapy (MT) is a an inexpensive, easy and safe intervention which has been proven to be very effective to improve the motor function in hemiparetic stroke. Despite this, it is not often employed. Hence, the purpose of this study was to explore the awareness and perception of the various healthcare providers of MT for stroke and to define the value of MT in their opinion. The study was conducted using an anonymous online survey, and the data was collected and analysed using Microsoft Excel. It was found that a majority of the responding health care providers are aware of MT and some find it of value as an effective intervention.

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