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

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.

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

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

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

Xiao, H., Doolan-Noble, F., Liu, L., White, A., & Baxter, G. D. (2021). Ageing well in older men in Otago and Southland of New Zealand: A focus group study protocol. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2021.1877387

Authored Book - Other

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.

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Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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Chapter in Book - Other

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Journal - Research Article

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

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

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

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

Emerson, A. J., Hegedus, T., Mani, R., & Baxter, G. D. (2020). Chronic musculoskeletal pain experiences in marginalized populations: A mixed methods study protocol to understand the influence of geopolitical, historical, and societal factors. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1807803

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

Falling, C., Stebbings, S., Baxter, G. D., Siegel, C. A., Gearry, R. B., Nijs, J., & Mani, R. (2020). 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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1515/sjpain-2020-0109

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milosavljevic, S., Clay, L., Bath, B., Trask, C., Penz, E., Stewart, S., Hendrick, P., Baxter, G. D., … McDonough, S. M. (2015). Walking away from back pain: One step at a time: A community-based randomised controlled trial [Study protocol]. BMC Public Health, 15, 144. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1496-9

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

O'Connor, S. R., Tully, M. A., Ryan, B., Bleakley, C. M., Baxter, G. D., Bradley, J. M., & McDonough, S. M. (2015). Walking exercise for chronic musculoskeletal pain: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 96(4), 724-734.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.12.003

Liu, L., Skinner, M., McDonough, S. M., Kannan, P., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). STRICTA: Is it time to do more? BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 15, 190. doi: 10.1186/s12906-015-0714-4

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