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Table 5 Perceived benefits and details on the use of mental practice reported by patients at the end of the six weeks intervention period

From: Feasibility of a mental practice intervention in stroke patients in nursing homes; a process evaluation

  Perceived benefits Effort to perform imagery Skills MP helped with Skills MP did not help with Intending to use it after six weeks Facilitators for learning and using imagery
A-109 A lot Easy Arm movements, right foot | leg N/A It always helped Yes When the therapists verbalises the movement during performance of the skill (not demonstrating or verbalising herself)
B-210 A lot Easy Walking stairs and getting up from the floor N/A Yes Going through the steps before the skill performance, e.g. getting up from the floor
A-101 A lot Neutral Walking and becoming more secure N/A Yes By experiencing the support and directions of the therapists
A-118 A lot Neutral Turning in bed, getting out of bed, walking Washing and getting dressed Yes Demonstrations of the correct movement, observing others and chopping the movement up in small peaces
B-211 A lot Neutral Standing up from a chair Keeping my balance Not sure (not up to it yet) Demonstrations and practicing together with the therapist
C-304 A lot Hard Walking Did not use it for anything else but walking No I cannot remember which exercises or instructions facilitated use of MP most
C-306 A lot Hard Standing up from a chair and walking N/A No I cannot remember which exercises or instructions facilitated use of MP most
A-114 Some Easy Walking with cane N/A Not sure N/A
A-105 Some Neutral Walking, talking and putting on t-shirt Talking; making S-sound Yes When the therapist explains the separate performance steps, lets me repeat them a lout and then lets me image the movement in my mind.
A-110 Some Neutral Standing up from a chair, walking with aids N/A No idea Yes By chopping up the movement in parts and then repeat them (accompanied by cues/words, like 'left' and 'right')
B-206 Some Neutral Concentrating N/A Not sure Demonstrations and practicing together with the therapists
B-207 Some Hard Standing up from a chair With walking, but also because of bad knees Not sure Demonstrations
B-106 Some Hard Driving with wheel chair to the table Transfer wheel chair to toilet Yes By continuously repeating
C-302 Some Hard Supination and pronation of the arm N/A Did not use it for any other movements No I cannot remember which exercises or instruction facilitated use of MP most
  1. MP = mental practice | N/A = not applicable | A-nnn = nursing home (A, B or C) and patient number