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Table 1 Eligibility criteria

From: A systematic review protocol of timing, efficacy and cost effectiveness of upper limb therapy for motor recovery post-stroke

InclusionExclusion
Adults (>17 years) with a diagnosis of stroke (ischaemic or haemorrhagic) and average stroke onset <6 months (or at least 50% of the sample has diagnosis of stroke within the time frame) undergoing hospital based (in or outpatient) rehabilitationPharmacological, complimentary, non-invasive brain stimulation or priming intervention(s) [delivered in conjunction with motor practice interventions(s) or alone, ie as a control].
Upper limb therapy (experimental or usual care intervention) with the aim to improve functionInterventions with the primary focus to reduce secondary impairments e.g., pain, contracture, spasticity, subluxation; that do not include any upper limb motor practice e.g., mental/motor imagery practice alone; or for general motor practice e.g., activities of daily living, or non-motor impairments e.g., sensory, hemispatial neglect.
A minimum of two waves of motor impairment or activity assessment i.e., pre and post intervention
Study design of RCT, non RCT, cohort and observational, pre-post single group. Any control intervention eligible.Single case, case series, qualitative, surveys, protocols, conference proceedings, cross-sectional, review, single session intervention
Languages: English, Dutch, French, German (SK/VT/TK fluent).