Professor David Baxter

TD BSc(Hons), Dphil(Ulster), MBA(Lond)

Professor David Baxter is Dean of the School of Physiotherapy at the Unviersity of Otago.

David completed his physiotherapy and doctoral research training in the UK; his doctoral research focused on the use of therapeutic lasers in rehabilitation.

Prior to taking up his current post at Otago, he held various posts at the University of Ulster, and completed an MBA in Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, London.

Research interests

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Publications

Emerson, A. J., Chandler, L. E., Oxendine, R. H., Huff, C. M., Harris, G. M., Baxter, G. D., & Wonsetler Jones, E. C. (2021). Systematic review of clinical decision-makers’ attitudes, beliefs, and biases that contribute to a marginalized process of care in persistent musculoskeletal pain. Part II: case vignettes. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2021.2000289

Buhler, M., Chapple, C. M., Stebbings, S., Gwynne-Jones, D., & Baxter, G. D. (2021, August). Splinting in addition to best practice usual care for thumb CMC OA: A feasibility RCT. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Rheumatology Association (NZRA) Annual Scientific Meeting, [Online].

Falling, C., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., Gearry, R., & Mani, R. (2021, August). Profiles of musculoskeletal pain in New Zealanders with inflammatory bowel diseases. Poster session presented at the New Zealand Rheumatology Association (NZRA) Annual Scientific Meeting, [Online].

Emerson, A. J., Oxendine, R. H., Chandler, L. E., Huff, C. M., Harris, G. M., Baxter, G. D., & Wonsetler Jones, E. C. (2021). Patient and provider attitudes, beliefs, and biases that contribute to a marginalized process of care and outcomes in chronic musculoskeletal pain. A systematic review. Part I: Clinical care. Pain Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnab195

Falling, C., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., Gearry, R. B., & Mani, R. (2021). Criterion validity and discriminatory ability of the central sensitization inventory short form in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease. Scandinavian Journal of Pain. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1515/sjpain-2021-0021

Baxter, D., Bazin, S., Diffy, B., Docker, M., Dyson, M., Kitchen, S., … Watson, T. (2006). 2006 Guidance for the clinical use of electrophysical agents. London: UK: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 50p.

Authored Book - Other

Baxter, G. D., & Watson, T. (2021). Laser/photobiomodulation. In T. Watson & E. Nussbaum (Eds.), Electrophysical agents: Evidence-based practice. (13th ed.) (pp. 189-207). Elsevier.

Chapter in Book - Research

Basford, J. R., & Baxter, G. D. (2020). The physical agents. In W. R. Frontera (Ed.), DeLisa's physical medicine and rehabilitation: Principles and practice. (6th ed.) (pp. 1163-1178). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

Chapter in Book - Research

Baxter, G. D., & Basford, J. R. (2016). Overview of other electrophysical agents including thermal modalities. In K. A. Sluka (Ed.), Mechanisms and management of pain for the physical therapist. (2nd ed.) (pp. 225-236). Philadelphia, PA: IASP Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Baxter, G. D., & McDonough, S. M. (2016). Laser acupuncture. In J. Filshie, A. White & M. Cummings (Eds.), Medical acupuncture: A Western scientific approach. (pp. 269-277). Edinburgh, UK: Elsevier.

Chapter in Book - Research

Peplow, P. V., & Baxter, G. D. (2013). Translational approach to treating diabetes using acupuncture or electroacupuncture. In J. D. Adams, Jr & E. J. Lien (Eds.), Traditional Chinese medicine: Scientific basis for its use. (pp. 313-338). Cambridge, UK: Royal Society of Chemistry. doi: 10.1039/9781849737852-00313

Chapter in Book - Research

Baxter, G. D., & Basford, J. R. (2009). Overview of other electrophysical and thermal agents. In K. A. Sluka (Ed.), Mechanisms and management of pain for the physical therapist. (pp. 191-204). Seattle, WA: IASP Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Baxter, D., & Nall, C. (2009). Current trends in physiotherapy practice. In J. Higgs, M. Smith, G. Webb, M. Skinner & A. Croker (Eds.), Contexts of physiotherapy practice. (pp. 20-32). Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Other

Webb, G., Skinner, M., Jones, S., Vicenzino, B., Nall, C., & Baxter, D. (2009). Physiotherapy in the 21st century. In J. Higgs, M. Smith, G. Webb, M. Skinner & A. Croker (Eds.), Contexts of physiotherapy practice. (pp. 3-19). Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Other

Baxter, G. D. (2008). Low-intensity laser therapy. In T. Watson (Ed.), Electrotherapy: Evidence-based practice. (12th ed.) (pp. 161-177). Edinburgh, Scotland: Churchhill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Other

Baxter, G. D., & McDonough, S. M. (2007). Principles of electrotherapy in veterinary physiotherapy. In C. McGowan, L. Goff & N. Stubbs (Eds.), Animal physiotherapy: Assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of animals. (pp. 177-186). Ames, Iowa: Blackwell.

Chapter in Book - Other

Bühler, M., Chapple, C. M., Stebbings, S., Pōtiki-Bryant, K., & Baxter, G. D. (2021). Impact of thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: A pragmatic qualitative study. Arthritis Care & Research, 73(3), 336-346. doi: 10.1002/acr.24124

Journal - Research Article

Emerson, A. J., Oxendine, R. H., Chandler, L. E., Huff, C. M., Harris, G. M., Baxter, G. D., & Wonsetler Jones, E. C. (2021). Patient and provider attitudes, beliefs, and biases that contribute to a marginalized process of care and outcomes in chronic musculoskeletal pain. A systematic review. Part I: Clinical care. Pain Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnab195

Journal - Research Article

Falling, C., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., Gearry, R. B., & Mani, R. (2021). Criterion validity and discriminatory ability of the central sensitization inventory short form in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease. Scandinavian Journal of Pain. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1515/sjpain-2021-0021

Journal - Research Article

Falling, C., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., Siegel, C. A., Gearry, R. B., Nijs, J., & Mani, R. (2021). Symptoms of central sensitization in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases: A case-control study examining the role of musculoskeletal pain and psychological factors. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 21(2). doi: 10.1515/sjpain-2020-0109

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Lang, A. E., Hendrick, P. A., Clay, L., Mondal, P., Trask, C. M., Bath, B., … Baxter, G. D., … Milosavljevic, S. (2021). A randomized controlled trial investigating effects of an individualized pedometer driven walking program on chronic low back pain. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 22, 206. doi: 10.1186/s12891-021-04060-8

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Liu, L., Tang, Y., Baxter, G. D., Yin, H., & Tumilty, S. (2021). Complementary and alternative medicine : Practice, attitudes, and knowledge among healthcare professionals in New Zealand: An integrative review. BMC Complementary Medicine & Therapies, 21, 63. doi: 10.1186/s12906-021-03235-z

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Emerson, A. J., Hegedus, T., Mani, R., & Baxter, G. D. (2020). Chronic musculoskeletal pain. Discordant management conversations: The influencing factor of polarized politics. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(1), 7-20. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2019.1701762

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Falling, C. L., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., Gearry, R. B., & Mani, R. (2020). Central sensitization inventory mediates the relationship between inflammatory bowel disease activity and worse musculoskeletal pain experiences. Pain Practice, 20(1), 24-33. doi: 10.1111/papr.12821

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Hill, J., Bedford, J., Houston, D., Reid, D. A., Baxter, G. D., & Ellis, R. (2020). Exploring physiotherapists' use of clinical practice guidelines, screening, and stratification tools for people with low back pain in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(2), 59-69. doi: 10.15619/nzjp/48.2.02

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Hoeta, T., Baxter, G. D., Pōtiki Bryant, K. A., & Mani, R. (2020). Māori pain experiences and culturally valid pain assessment tools for Māori: A systematic narrative review. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(1), 37-50. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/48.1.05

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Liu, L., Tan, H., Yu, S., Yin, H., & Baxter, G. D. (2020). The effectiveness of tai chi in breast cancer patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 28, 101078. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2019.101078

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Liu, L., Tarbotton, J., Martin, K., Haenga, T., Wu, S., & Baxter, G. D. (2020). Complementary and alternative medicine: A pilot survey of current clinical practice and attitudes of physiotherapists in the Otago region of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(3), 127-137. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/48.3.04

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Abbott, J. H., Wilson, R., Pinto, D., Chapple, C. M., Wright, A. A., for the MOA Trial Team, including Robertson, M. C., Baxter, G. D., Theis, J.-C., Hansen, P., McKenzie, J. E., McNamara, D., Kidd, M., & Higgs, C. (2019). Incremental clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of providing supervised physiotherapy in addition to usual medical care in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: 2-year results of the MOA randomised controlled trial. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 27, 424-434. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2018.12.004

Journal - Research Article

Buhler, M., Chapple, C. M., Stebbings, S., Sangelaji, B., & Baxter, G. D. (2019). Effectiveness of splinting for pain and function in people with thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 27, 547-559. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2018.09.012

Journal - Research Article

Doolan-Noble, F., Mehta, P., Waters, D., & Baxter, G. D. (2019). Supporting ageing well research: Findings from a research priority setting exercise. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 38, 136-143. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12615

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Falling, C., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., & Mani, R. (2019). Central hypersensitivity: A model for persistent musculoskeletal pain in inflammatory bowel diseases. Medical Hypotheses, 129, 109243. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2019.109243

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Falling, C., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., Gearry, R. B., & Mani, R. (2019). Musculoskeletal pain in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease reflects three distinct profiles. Clinical Journal of Pain, 35, 559-568. doi: 10.1097/ajp.0000000000000698

Journal - Research Article

Intolo, P., Prasongsansuk, N., Srilabutr, P., Sittichoksakulchai, W., Khutok, K., & Baxter, D. G. (2019). Pain and muscle activity of neck, shoulder, upper back, and forearm during touch screen tablet use by children. Work, 64(1), 85-91. doi: 10.3233/wor-192971

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Intolo, P., Shalokhon, B., Wongwech, G., Wisiasut, P., Nanthavanji, S., & Baxter, D. G. (2019). Analysis of neck and shoulder postures, and muscle activities relative to perceived pain during laptop computer use at a low-height table, sofa and bed. Work, 63(3), 361-367. doi: 10.3233/wor-192942

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Kannan, P., Chapple, C. M., Miller, D., Claydon-Mueller, L., & Baxter, G. D. (2019). Effectiveness of a treadmill-based aerobic exercise intervention on pain, daily functioning, and quality of life in women with primary dysmenorrhea: A randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 81, 80-86. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2019.05.004

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Ramsey, C. A., Lamb, P., Kaur, M., Baxter, G. D., & Ribeiro, D. C. (2019). "How are running shoes assessed? A systematic review of characteristics and measurement tools used to describe running footwear". Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(14), 1617-1629. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2019.1578449

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Baxter, G. D., Liu, L., Tumilty, S., Petrich, S., Chapple, C., Anders, J. J., on behalf of the Laser Lymphedema Trial Team. (2018). Low level laser therapy for the management of breast cancer-related lymphedema: A randomized controlled feasibility study. Lasers in Surgery & Medicine, 50(9), 924-932. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22947

Journal - Research Article

Falling, C., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., Gearry, R. B., & Mani, R. (2018). Profile of musculoskeletal pain in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: A study protocol for assessing the multidimensional experience of self-reported pain. Physical Therapy Reviews, 23(3), 227-235. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2018.1500149

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Mehta, P., Claydon, L. S., Mani, R., Hendrick, P., Cook, C., & Baxter, G. D. (2018). Chronic diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain: Psychometric properties of pain and physical function outcome measures. Physical Therapy Reviews, 23(6), 317-329. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2018.1517072

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Ward, L., Stebbings, S., Athens, J., Cherkin, D., & Baxter, G. D. (2018). Yoga for the management of pain and sleep in rheumatoid arthritis: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Musculoskeletal Care, 16(1), 39-47. doi: 10.1002/msc.1201

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Baxter, G. D., Liu, L., Petrich, S., Gisselman, A. S., Chapple, C., Anders, J. J., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Low level laser therapy (Photobiomodulation therapy) for breast cancer-related lymphedema: A systematic review. BMC Cancer, 17, 833. doi: 10.1186/s12885-017-3852-x

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Liu, L., Skinner, M. A., McDonough, S. M., & Baxter, G. D. (2017). Acupuncture for chronic low back pain: A randomized controlled feasibility trial comparing treatment session numbers. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(12), 1592-1603. doi: 10.1177/0269215517705690

Journal - Research Article

Mabire, L., Mani, R., Liu, L., Mulligan, H., & Baxter, D. (2017). The Influence of age, sex and body mass index on the effectiveness of brisk walking for obesity management in adults. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 14(5), 389-407. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0064

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Darlow, B., Perry, M., Dean, S., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2016). Putting physical activity while experiencing low back pain in context: Balancing the risks and benefits. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 97(2), 245-251. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.09.020

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Gisselman, A. S., Baxter, G. D., Wright, A., Hegedus, E., & Tumilty, S. (2016). Musculoskeletal overuse injuries and heart rate variability: Is there a link? Medical Hypotheses, 87, 1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2015.12.003

Journal - Research Article

Hegedus, E. J., McDonough, S., Bleakley, C., Baxter, G. D., DePew, J. T., Bradbury, I., & Cook, C. (2016). Physical performance tests predict injury in National Collegiate Athletic Association athletes: A three-season prospective cohort study. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50, 1333-1337. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094885

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Liu, L., Skinner, M. A., McDonough, S. M., & Baxter, G. D. (2016). Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture and myofascial trigger needling: The same stimulation points? Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 26, 28-32. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.02.013

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Mehta, P., Claydon, L. S., Hendrick, P., Cook, C., & Baxter, G. D. (2016). Pain and physical functioning in neuropathic pain: A systematic review of psychometric properties of various outcome measures. Pain Practice, 16(4), 495-508. doi: 10.1111/papr.12293

Journal - Research Article

Shields, C., Baxter, D., & Mani, R. (2016). Psychosocial correlates of physical activity levels in individuals at risk of developing diabetes mellitus: A feasibility study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44(3), 157-165. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/44.3.05

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Tumilty, S., Mani, R., & Baxter, G. D. (2016). Photobiomodulation and eccentric exercise for Achilles tendinopathy: A randomized controlled trial. Lasers in Medical Science, 31(1), 127-135. doi: 10.1007/s10103-015-1840-4

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Wassinger, C. A., Rich, D., Cameron, N., Clark, S., Davenport, S., Lingelbach, M., … Baxter, G. D. (2016). Cervical & thoracic manipulations: Acute effects upon pain pressure threshold and self-reported pain in experimentally induced shoulder pain. Manual Therapy, 21, 227-232. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2015.08.009

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Darlow, B., Dean, S., Perry, M., Mathieson, F., Baxter, G. D., & Dowell, A. (2015). Easy to harm, hard to heal: Patient views about the back. Spine, 40(11), 842-850. doi: 10.1097/brs.0000000000000901

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Hegedus, E. J., McDonough, S., Bleakley, C., Cook, C. E., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). Clinician-friendly lower extremity physical performance measures in athletes: A systematic review of measurement properties and correlation with injury, part 1: The tests for knee function including the hop tests. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49, 642-648. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-094094

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Law, D., McDonough, S., Bleakley, C., Baxter, G. D., & Tumilty, S. (2015). Laser acupuncture for treating musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Journal of Acupuncture & Meridian Studies, 8(1), 2-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2014.06.015

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