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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. 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

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