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Kathryn Hoffmann
Assoc. Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. univ. Kathryn Hoffmann, MPH

Center for Public Health (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine)
Position: Associate Professor

ORCID: 0000000187604250
T +43 1 40160 34610

Further Information


Community Health Services; General Practice; Health system performance assessment; Public Health; Social Determinants of Health

Research group(s)

Research interests

I am Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, GP with special education in psychosocial and psychosomatic medicine, and Public Health scientist. My research and teaching focuses at the university are primary health care, family medicine, health services research, public health, and telemedicine in primary care. Since I am particularly interested in the evidence-based development and strengthening of the Primary Care sector including Community-Oriented Primary Care approaches, I am collaborating with the Duke University, Division of Family and Community Medicine, NC, USA and at the Ghent University in Belgium. Research in this area is highly complex and therefore, I am experience in qualitative, quantitative as well as mixed-method approaches. I am the Austrian representative of the European General Practice Research Network, member of the European Forum for Primary Care and founding member of the Austrian Forum for Primary Care. In the last years, I have been the Austrian coordinator of several large-scale EU-funded research projects which mainly focus on the quality and structure of Primary Care Systems worldwide. In addition, I am intensively involved in the development of the medical curriculum, e.g. due to my role as curriculum coordinator for the KPJ in General Practice.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

Qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as mixed method approaches.

Selected publications

  1. Hoffmann K, George A, Jirovsky E, Dorner TE. 2019. Re-examining access points to the different levels of health care: a cross-sectional series in Austria, European Journal of Public Health, 29(6) December 2019, pp.1005–1010. Available at:
  2. Hoffmann, K. et al., 2015. Associations and Synergistic Effects for Psychological Distress and Chronic Back Pain on the Utilization of Different Levels of Ambulatory Health Care. A Cross-Sectional Study from Austria C. van der Feltz-Cornelis, ed. PLoS ONE, 10(7), p.e0134136. Available at:
  3. Hoffmann, K. et al., 2013. Antibiotics and their effects: what do patients know and what is their source of information? The European Journal of Public Health, 24(3), pp.502-507. Available at:
  4. Hoffmann, K. et al., 2015. Prevalence and resistance patterns of commensal S. aureus in community-dwelling GP patients and socio-demographic associations. A cross-sectional study in the framework of the APRES-project in Austria. BMC Infectious Diseases, 15(1). Available at:
  5. Hoffmann, K. et al., 2013. Access points to the different levels of health care and demographic predictors in a country without a gatekeeping system. Results of a cross-sectional study from Austria. The European Journal of Public Health, 23(6), pp.933-939. Available at: