The Use of Structured Observation as a Stroke Rehabilitation Aid: an Opinion from Neuroscience

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This opinion piece proposes that individuals who have experienced stroke may benefit from observing meaningful movements. Structured observation interventions, through video, activate the brain in functional motor areas that are similar to those seen for the physical execution of the observed skills. Furthermore, the occupational therapist may be ideally placed to deliver this novel therapy. The simulation of self-movements and others' movements that are meaningful for the individual may provide a valid approach for therapists to retain central motor function, promote motor plasticity and benefit more physically-based interventions.


Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: October 1, 2007

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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