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Associate Professor William Levack

PositionAssociate Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine (UOW)
QualificationsBPhty MHealSc PGDiprehab (Otago) PhD
Research summaryRehabilitation physiotherapy

Research

William is a physiotherapist who has worked in a variety of hospital and community settings, from intensive care through to slow stream residential rehabilitation. His clinical interests are diverse, but his research to date has focused on rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury. His PhD, which he completed in 2008, investigated the application of goal planning to the practice of clinical rehabilitation.

Publications

Levack, W., & Thornton, K. (2017). Opportunities for a meaningful life for working-aged adults with neurological conditions living in residential aged care facilities: A review of qualitative research. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(10), 608-619. doi: 10.1177/0308022617722736

Levack, W. M. M., Weatherall, M., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Dean, S. G., McPherson, K., & Siegert, R. J. (2016). Goal setting and strategies to enhance goal pursuit in adult rehabilitation: Summary of a Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 52(3), 400-416. Retrieved from http://www.minervamedica.it/en/

Levack, W. M. M., Jones, B., Grainger, R., Boland, P., Brown, M., & Ingham, T. R. (2016). Whakawhanaungatanga: The importance of culturally meaningful connections to improve uptake of pulmonary rehabilitation by Māori with COPD: A qualitative study. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 11(1), 489-501. doi: 10.2147/copd.s97665

Levack, W. M. M., Boland, P., Taylor, W. J., Siegert, R. J., Kayes, N. M., Fadyl, J. K., & McPherson, K. M. (2014). Establishing a person-centred framework of self-identity after traumatic brain injury: A grounded theory study to inform measure development. BMJ Open, 4, e004630. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004630

Levack, W. M. M., Weatherall, M., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Dean, S. G., McPherson, K., & Siegert, R. J. (2015). Goal setting and strategies to enhance goal pursuit for adults with acquired disability participating in rehabilitation (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 7, CD009727. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009727.pub2

Edited Book - Research

Siegert, R. J., & Levack, W. M. M. (Eds.). (2015). Rehabilitation goal setting: Theory, practice and evidence. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 412p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Thomas, E. J., Levack, W. M. M., & Taylor, W. J. (2015). Rehabilitation and recovery of self-identity. In K. McPherson, B. E. Gibson & A. Leplège (Eds.), Rethinking rehabilitation: Theory and practice. (pp. 163-190). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Levack, W., & Dean, S. G. (2012). Processes in rehabilitation. In S. G. Dean, R. J. Siegert & W. J. Taylor (Eds.), Interprofessional rehabilitation: A person-centred approach. (pp. 79-107). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

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Journal - Research Article

Newton-Howes, G., Beverley, G., Ellis, P. M., Gordon, S., & Levack, W. (2018). What do final year medical students understand by the concept of recovery? A descriptive qualitative study. Academic Psychiatry, 42(3), 382-385. doi: 10.1007/s40596-017-0823-0

Levack, W., & Thornton, K. (2017). Opportunities for a meaningful life for working-aged adults with neurological conditions living in residential aged care facilities: A review of qualitative research. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(10), 608-619. doi: 10.1177/0308022617722736

McDonald, J., McKinlay, E., Keeling, S., & Levack, W. (2017). The 'wayfinding' experience of family carers who learn to manage technical health procedures at home: A grounded theory study. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 31(4), 850-858. doi: 10.1111/scs.12406

Ohno, K., Tomori, K., Takebayashi, T., Sawada, T., Nagayama, H., Levack, W. M. M., … Higashi, T. (2017). Development of a tool to facilitate real life activity retraining in hand and arm therapy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(5), 310-318. doi: 10.1177/0308022617692602

McDonald, J., McKinlay, E., Keeling, S., & Levack, W. (2017). Complex home care: Challenges arising from the blurring of boundaries between family and professional care. Kōtuitui, 12(2), 246-255. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2017.1373681

Boland, P., Levack, W., Perry, M., & Graham, F. (2017). Equipment provision after stroke: A scoping review of the use of personal care and mobility aids in rehabilitation. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(2), 73-88. doi: 10.1177/0308022616664910

McNaughton, A., Aldington, S., Williams, G., & Levack, W. M. M. (2016). Sing Your Lungs Out: A qualitative study of a community singing group for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). BMJ Open, 6(9), e012521. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012521

Newton-Howes, G., Levack, W. M. M., McBride, S., Gilmore, M., & Tester, R. (2016). Non-physiological mechanisms influencing disulfiram treatment of alcohol use disorder: A grounded theory study. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 165, 126-131. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.05.027

Theadom, A., Rowland, V., Levack, W., Starkey, N., Wilkinson-Meyers, L., McPherson, K., on behalf of the TBI Experiences Group. (2016). Exploring the experience of sleep and fatigue in male and female adults over the 2 years following traumatic brain injury: A qualitative descriptive study. BMJ Open, 6(4), e010453. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010453

Timothy, E. K., Graham, F. P., & Levack, W. M. M. (2016). Transitions in the embodied experience after stroke: Grounded theory study. Physical Therapy, 96(10), 1565-1575. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20150419

McDonald, J., McKinlay, E., Keeling, S., & Levack, W. (2016). Becoming an expert carer: The process of family carers learning to manage technical health procedures at home. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(9), 2173-2184. doi: 10.1111/jan.12984

Levack, W. M. M., Jones, B., Grainger, R., Boland, P., Brown, M., & Ingham, T. R. (2016). Whakawhanaungatanga: The importance of culturally meaningful connections to improve uptake of pulmonary rehabilitation by Māori with COPD: A qualitative study. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 11(1), 489-501. doi: 10.2147/copd.s97665

Washbourn, R., Levack, W. M. M., Graham, F., & Currey, N. (2016). Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation Service: A participation action research study of community based rehabilitation in the Cook Islands. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44(2), 97-104. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/44.2.06

Levack, W. M. M., Poot, B., Weatherall, M., & Travers, J. (2015). Interventions for sexual dysfunction in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 9, CD011442. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011442.pub2

McDonald, J., McKinlay, E., Keeling, S., & Levack, W. (2015). How family carers engage with technical health procedures in the home: A grounded theory study. BMJ Open, 5(7), e007761. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007761

Martin, R., Levack, W. M. M., & Sinnott, K. A. (2015). Life goals and social identity in people with severe acquired brain injury: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Disability & Rehabilitation, 37(14), 1234-1241. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.961653

Levack, W. M. M., Weatherall, M., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Dean, S. G., McPherson, K., & Siegert, R. J. (2015). Goal setting and strategies to enhance goal pursuit for adults with acquired disability participating in rehabilitation (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 7, CD009727. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009727.pub2

Mistry, H., Levack, W. M., & Johnson, S. (2015). Enabling people, not completing tasks: Patient perspectives on relationships and staff morale in mental health wards in England. BMC Psychiatry, 15, 307. doi: 10.1186/s12888-015-0690-8

Levack, W. M. M., Boland, P., Taylor, W. J., Siegert, R. J., Kayes, N. M., Fadyl, J. K., & McPherson, K. M. (2014). Establishing a person-centred framework of self-identity after traumatic brain injury: A grounded theory study to inform measure development. BMJ Open, 4, e004630. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004630

Brown, M., Levack, W., McPherson, K. M., Dean, S. G., Reed, K., Weatherall, M., & Taylor, W. J. (2014). Survival, momentum, and things that make me "me": Patients' perceptions of goal setting after stroke. Disability & Rehabilitation, 36(12), 1020-1026. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2013.825653

Grainger, R., Boland, P., & Levack, W. (2014). Confident, credible but lonely–outcomes following postgraduate interprofessional education in rehabilitation. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice & Education, 4(2). Retrieved from http://www.jripe.org/index.php/journal/article/view/163

Thomas, E. J., Levack, W. M. M., & Taylor, W. J. (2014). Self-reflective meaning making in troubled times: Change in self-identity after traumatic brain injury. Qualitative Health Research, 24(8), 1033-1047. doi: 10.1177/1049732314542809

Hale, L., Jones, F., Mulligan, H., Levack, W., Smith, C., Claydon, L., Milosavljevic, S., Taylor, D., Allan, J., MacKenzie, N., Flannery, J., Edwards, S., Rabone, T., & Alcock, M. (2014). Developing the Bridges self-management programme for New Zealand stroke survivors: A case study. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 21(8), 381-388. doi: 10.12968/ijtr.2014.21.8.381

Zaidi, M. A., Griffiths, R., Newson-Smith, M., & Levack, W. (2012). Impact of stigma, culture and law on healthcare providers after occupational exposure to HIV and hepatitis C. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 14(4), 379-391. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2011.646304

Boland, P., Levack, W. M. M., Hudson, S., & Bell, E. M. (2012). Coping with multiple sclerosis as a couple: 'Peaks and troughs': An interpretative phenomenological exploration. Disability & Rehabilitation, 34(16), 1367-1375. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2011.645115

Zaidi, M. A., Griffiths, R., & Levack, W. (2012). Healthcare providers' perspectives on occupational exposure to HIV: A cross-cultural comparison. Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research, 3(9), 179. doi: 10.4172/2155-6113.1000179

Levack, W. M. M. (2012). The role of qualitative metasynthesis in evidence-based physical therapy. Physical Therapy Reviews, 17(6), 390-397. doi: 10.1179/1743288X12Y.0000000020

Tyrrell, E. F., Levack, W. M., Ritchie, L. H., & Keeling, S. M. (2012). Nursing contribution to the rehabilitation of older patients: Patient and family perspectives. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(11), 2466-2476. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.05944.x

Levack, W. M. M., Weatherall, M., Reeve, J. C., Mans, C., & Mauro, A. (2012). Uptake of pulmonary rehabilitation in New Zealand by people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2009. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1348). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Journal - Research Other

Levack, W. M. M., Weatherall, M., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., Dean, S. G., McPherson, K., & Siegert, R. J. (2016). Goal setting and strategies to enhance goal pursuit in adult rehabilitation: Summary of a Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 52(3), 400-416. Retrieved from http://www.minervamedica.it/en/

Levack, W. M. M., Poot, B., Weatherall, M., & Travers, J. (2014). Interventions for sexual dysfunction in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 12, CD011442. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011442

Levack, W. M. M. (2014). Sexual wellbeing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Relevance and roles of physiotherapy. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 42(2), 170-176. [Commentary].

Levack, W. M. M., Siegert, R. J., Dean, S. G., McPherson, K., Hay-Smith, E. J. C., & Weatherall, M. M. (2012). Goal setting and activities to enhance goal pursuit for adults with acquired disabilities participating in rehabilitation (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4, CD009727. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009727

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