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William Levack, Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit

William Levack Profile ImageWilliam is an Associate Professor in Rehabilitation. He is the Academic Head of the Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit (RTRU) in the Department of Medicine, and also works as the Associate Dean (Research) for the University’s Wellington campus. Originally training as a physiotherapist, Dr Levack completed his Masters in Health Science endorsed in Rehabilitation in 2001 and a PhD on goal planning in rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury in 2008. His 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 served as Executive Member of the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association, spending time as Treasurer and Secretary between 2004 and 2015. William has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, several book chapters, and, in 2015, a textbook entitled: “Rehabilitation Goal Setting: Theory, Practice and Evidence” with colleague, Professor Richard Siegert. In 2016, William was part of a core group of international promotors who successful established Cochrane Rehabilitation – a new specialist Field within Cochrane – and now works on the Executive Committee of this group. William lives in Wellington with his partner, three children, one dog and two cats.

You can follow William on Twitter: @DrLevack

Williams teaches REHB 713 Goal Setting and the Therapeutic Relationship and REHB710 Clinical Rehabilitation

Email william.levack@otago.ac.nz

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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

Commissioned Report for External Body

Jones, B., Ingham, T. R., Reid, S., Davies, C., Levack, W., & Robson, B. (2015). He Māramatanga Huangō: Asthma health literacy for Māori children in New Zealand. Commissioned by Ministry of Health and the Asthma Foundation of New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: University of Otago. 92p.

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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

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

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

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

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., 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., 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Negrini, S., Kiekens, C., Levack, W., Grubisic, F., Gimigliano, F., Ilieva, E., & Meyer, T. (2016). Cochrane physical and rehabilitation medicine: A new field to bridge between best evidence and the specific needs of our field of competence [Letter]. European Journal of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 52(3), 417-418.

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