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William Levack 2020 imageContact details

Email william.levack@otago.ac.nz
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.

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Publications

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

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., 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

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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/

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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. European Journal of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 52(3), 417-418. [Letter].

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Commissioned Report for External Body

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Article

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].

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

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