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William Levack 2020 imageContact details

Twitter handle: @DrLevack

Current roles

Professor William Levack is Dean of the University of Otago, Wellington, and a member of the Rehabilitation Teaching & Research Unit, in the Department of Medicine.

He is the current President of the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association, and an Executive member of Cochrane Rehabilitation – an organisation he helped establish in 2016.  He is a New Zealand registered physiotherapist.

Research interests

William's work focuses on patient experiences of rehabilitation, goal setting processes, and interventions to increase patient engagement in rehabilitation activities – particularly in the areas of neurological and respiratory rehabilitation.  He has ongoing research projects with colleagues in multiple countries, including Japan, Italy, Germany, Pakistan, Malaysia, and the UK.


Levack, W. M., Rathore, F. A., & Negrini, S. (2020). Expert opinions leave space for uncertainty when defining rehabilitation interventions: Analysis of difficult decisions regarding categorization of rehabilitation reviews in the Cochrane library. European Journal of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 56(5), 661-666. doi: 10.23736/s1973-9087.20.06615-0

Levack, W. M. M., Engkasan, J. P., Heinemann, A. W., & Negrini, S. (2019). A review of CONSORT guidelines about comparison groups with a focused discussion on implications for rehabilitation clinical trials. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 99(3), 191-197. doi: 10.1097/phm.0000000000001368

Levack, W. M., Martin, R. A., Graham, F. P., & Hay-Smith, E. J. (2019). Compared to what? An analysis of the management of control groups in Cochrane reviews in neurorehabilitation. European Journal of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 55(3), 353-363. doi: 10.23736/s1973-9087.19.05795-2

Levack, W. M. M., Rathore, F. A., Pollet, J., & Negrini, S. (2019). One in 11 Cochrane reviews are on rehabilitation interventions, according to pragmatic inclusion criteria developed by Cochrane Rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 100, 1492-1498. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2019.01.021

Levack, W., Tomori, K., Takahashi, K., & Sherrington, A. J. (2018). Development of an English-language version of a Japanese iPad application to facilitate collaborative goal setting in rehabilitation: A Delphi study and field test. BMJ Open, 8(3), e018901. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018908

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