Frances Rapport

Frances Rapport

Professor Frances Rapport

Professor of Health Implementation Science, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

Professor of Health Implementation Science and Academic Lead, MD Research, Macquarie University

Phone: +61 2 9850 2320


Twitter: @frapport

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PhD, MPhil, BA (Hons), Cert Ed, FRSA

Current positions: Frances Rapport is Professor of Health Implementation Science at Macquarie University’s Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science within the Australian Institute of Health Innovation. Professor Rapport is also Academic Lead, MD Research, Macquarie University, and holds an Honorary Chair in Qualitative Health Research at Swansea University’s Medical School. She has Visiting Professorships in Norway, Bournemouth and Riyadh, previously Harvard and Texas, including two visiting scholarships at Texas University.

Top cited Qualitative Health Researcher: Frances Rapport is the top-cited Qualitative Health Researcher worldwide (cited by 4415 people, Google Scholar 2019),evidencing a mean Relative Citation Rating (RCR) (a citation-based measure of scientific influence) of 1.37 for papers published from 2013-18 (iCite analytics). This indicates Rapport’s articles have on average 37% higher cites per year than the average NIH-funded papers in the same field.

Scholarly standing: Frances Rapport is in the top quartile of all scholars cited in Implementation Science (49/209) publishing in high-quality journals including: Social Science and Medicine, Health & Place, The Lancet G&H, BMJ, Clinic Epidemiology, PLOS1, and BMC Trials. Her h-index is 32 which is anexemplary result for a social scientist, from publications in internationally renowned journals rated ≥ *3, (most social science journals are rated ≤ *1).

Grant awards: Frances Rapport is the recipient of competitive funding and government grants worth $16,000,647 million AUD. New research funding in the last five years amounts to over $5.8 million AUD. More than 60% of her funding is category one. Since joining Macquarie University Professor Rapport has won grants from: NHMRC (Partnership Grant), Cochlear Ltd, The Commission for Patient Safety and Quality, Royal North Shore Neurology, The Army Research Scheme, Melanoma CRE, The Zero Childhood Cancer Program (Cancer Institute Australia), and St Vincent’s Health Australia. She currently leads a research stream at AIHI specialises in Implementation Science and oversees funded projects in refractory epilepsy, cancer genomics, hearing health and melanoma.

Publications: As at May 2019, in the last 5 years Frances Rapport has contributed 44 refereed papers (from a total of 156 over her career), 6 books and book chapters and 49 published or refereed abstracts and posters (from a total of 203 over her career).

Awards: Frances Rapport won the ‘Excellence in Publication Award, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (AIHI) in both 2017 and 2018, with particular mention of her 6 peer-reviewed publications in epilepsy (2015-19) including a ground-breaking paper on an Implementation Science Model (PRIME) clarifying patient-driven determinants of health and wellbeing (Epilepsy and Behavior, 2019), PLOS1 publications (including: perceptions of paramedic care for those who self-harm, 2018) and BMJ Open publications (including: PROM development and systematic review for listening effort, 2016-17). Professor Rapport won a British Society for Audiology Clinical Research Award (with Hughes and Hutchings, 2016). Professor Rapport won three international scholarships amounting to $412,000: 1) the Julian Tudor Hart (JTH) Senior Research Fellow Award, (first named JTH fellow in the U.K.) 2&3) two scholarships Texas University Medical Board). Rapport received an Honorary Mention from the American Anthropology Association (2007) for her extensive work in poetic renditions of survivor testimonial, leading to a further 7 publications on survivorship, an international play and a book (‘Fragments’, Hafan Press, 2013) launched by the Welsh Government.

Current appointments

  • Academic Lead, MD Research Program, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2019-present
  • Translational Cancer Research Network (TCRN) Implementation Research Community of Practice (Cancer Institute NSW) Representative and Translational Cancer Research, Consortium Collaborator (Implementation Science Community of Practice), 2019-present
  • Chair, Executive Committee, MD Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2019-present
  • Chair, Advisory Group, MD Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2019-present
  • Faculty Promotion Committee Member for Level E, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2019-present
  • Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member: Public Health Research and Practice (PHRP), 2018-present
  • Nominated by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to be a ‘Franklin Women Mentor’ (Academic Partnership Program), Australia, 2018-present
  • NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant Review Panel Member, Australia, 2018-present
  • Melanoma Research Group Executive Committee Member, Sydney, Australia, 2017-present
  • Sax Institute Advisory Board, Committee Member, Sydney, Australia, 2017-present
  • MD Development Committee, Associate Member, Faculty of Medicine and Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, 2016-present
  • Professor of Health Implementation Science, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 2015-present
  • Honorary Professor of Qualitative Health Research, Medical School, Swansea University, 2015-present
  • Visiting Professor, King Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2012-present
  • Visiting Professor, Bournemouth University, School of Health and Social Care, England, 2010-present

Featured publications

Bierbaum M., McMahon C., Hughes S., Boisvert I., Lau A., Braithwaite J. and Rapport F. Barriers and facilitators to cochlear implant uptake in Australia and the United Kingdom. (In Press). Ear and Hearing. Accepted for publication 31 May 2019.

Hughes S., Rapport F., Watkins A., Boisvert I., McMahon C. and Hutchings H. Study protocol for the validation of a new patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) of listening effort in cochlear implantation: the Listening Effort Questionnaire-Cochlear Implant (LEQ-CI). (In Press). BMJ Open. Accepted for publication 17 May 2019.

Rapport F., Auton E., Cartmill J., Briathwaite J. Shih P., Hogden A. and Clay-Williams R. Fit for purpose? OrganisationaL prOdUctivity and woRkforce wellbeIng in workSpaces in Hospital (FLOURISH): a multimethod qualitative study protocol. BMJ Open. Accepted for publication 13 March 2019.

Rapport F. Navigating the healthcare maze: A new model of care for epilepsy. The Health Advocate (Official Magazine for Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association). Issue 52, February 2019, 48-49.

Braithwaite J., Long J., Clay-Williams R., Rapport F. Hogden A., Bierbaum M.,Shih P., Ellis L, Churruca K., Hibbert P. and Westbrook J. The Comprehensive Researcher Achievement Model (CRAM): a framework for measuring researcher achievement, impact and influence derived from a systematic literature review of metrics and models. BMJ Open. Published 1 March 2019. 9,3, e025320 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025320. Accepted for publication 7th February 2019.

Rapport F., Hibbert P., Baysari M., Seah R., Long J., Yi Zeng W., Jones C., Preece K. and Braithwaite J. What do patients really want? An in-depth examination of patient experiences in four Australian hospitals. BMC Health Services Research. 19:38, Accepted for publication 8 Jan 2019.

Mumford V., Rapport F., Shih P., Mitchell R., Bleasel A., Nikpour A., Herkes G., MacRae A., Bartley M., Vagholkar S. and Braithwaite J. Promoting faster pathways to surgery: A clinical audit of patients with refractory epilepsy. BMC Neurology. 19:29 Accepted for publication 7th February 2019.

Rapport F., Shih P., Faris M., Nikpour A., Herkes G., Bleasel A., Kerr M., Clay-Williams R., Mumford V. and Braithwaite J. Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in Refractory Epilepsy and Surgery: the Patient Reported, ImpleMentation sciEnce (PRIME) model. Epilepsy and Behavior. 93: 79-89 Accepted for publication 22 Nov 2018.

Rapport F. and Braithwaite J. "Are We on the Cusp of a Fourth Research Paradigm? Predicting the Future for a New Approach to Methods-Use in Medical and Health Services Research"" (BMRM-D-18-00238R1). BMC Medical Research Methodology. 18:131. Accepted for publication 31 October 2018.

Shih P., Rapport F., Hogden A., Bierbaum M., Hsu J., Boyages J. and Braithwaite J. Relational autonomy in breast diseases care: A qualitative study of contextual and social conditions of patients' capacity for decision-making. BMC Health Services Research. Accepted for publication 11 October 2018. Online, 18(1),818.

Rapport F., Bierbaum M., McMahon C., Bosivert I., Lau A., Braithwaite J. and   Hughes S. Qualitative, multi-method study of behavioural and attitudinal responses to cochlear implantation from the patient and healthcare professional perspective in Australia and the United Kingdom: Study protocol. BMJ Open. Accepted: 27 April 2018.

Shih P., Nikpour A., Bleasel A., Herkes G., Mitchell R., Seah R., Mumford V., Braithwaite J., Vagholkar S., Rapport F. Leading up to saying ‘yes’: A qualitative study of refractory epilepsy patients’ experiences of pre-surgical investigation. Epilepsy & Behavior, 83: 36-47, accepted for publication 18 March 2018.

Rapport F., Clay-Williams R., Churruca K., Shih P., Hogden A. and Braithwaite J. The struggle of translating Science into Action: Foundational Concepts of Implementation Science. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 24: 117-126. doi: 10.1111/jep.12741.

Rapport F., Khanom A., Doel MA., Hutchings HA., Bierbaum M., Hogden A., Shih P., Braithwaite J. and Clement C. Women’s perceptions of journeying towards an unknown future with breast cancer: the “Lives at Risk” study. Qualitative Health Research. Online September 22nd 2017. doi: 10/1177/1049732317730569.  Published 2018: 28(1), 30-46.

Rapport F., Shih P., Nikpour A., Bleasel A., Herkes G., Vagholkar S. and Mumford V. "Better Evidence for Earlier Assessment and Surgical Intervention for Refractory  Epilepsy (The BEST Study): A Mixed Methods Study Protocol". BMJ Open. 2017;7:e017148. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017148.

Rapport F., Clement C., Doel M., Hutchings H. Qualitative research and its methods in epilepsy: Contributing to an understanding of patients’ lived experiences of the disease. Epilepsy and Behavior. April, 45: 94-100.

Book chapters

Braithwaite J., Churruca K., Well L., Rapport F., Lawson T., Arro P. and Watson J. ‘Partnering with patients for change and improvement: an Australian perspective’. In: Pomey, M-C., Dumez, V., Denis, J-L. and Waring, J. (eds) Patient Knowledge: A Cornerstone for the Transformation of Care and Health Organisations. Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press, accepted 16 January 2019).

Rapport F., Shih P., Bierbaum M. and Hogden A. ‘Schema analysis: sense-making in qualitative research’. In: Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, Pranee Liamputtong (ed.), Springer: Singapore,

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