2021 Junior Research Award: Peter Kurotschka (Italy)

Awarded project: “General practitioners’ experiences during the first phase of the
COVID-19 pandemic in Italy: a critical incident technique study”
Peter completed his GP vocational training on January 2021 in Cagliari, Italy. Soon during
his training he became passionate about general practice research and since 2018 he
worked together with his colleagues on several projects as an independent researcher,
with a focus on quality of care. Since 2019, he leads the still ongoing Broad-Spectrum
project, carried out in a scientific collaboration between the Italian National Institute of
Health and the University of Cagliari. The aim of the project is to investigate the
determinants of antibiotic use in Italian primary care. Peter currently works as a researcher
at the department of General Practice at the University of Würzburg in Germany, where he
investigates, under the guidance of his PhD supervisor Ildikò Gàgyor, on new
management approaches for women with urinary tract infections in primary care. Due to
the fact that in Italy it is not possible for GPs to pursue a PhD in General Practice and to
go through and academic pathway while General Practice is still not recognized as an
academic discipline, with this research award and with his work Peter hopes to give a
contribution for the development and growth of academic primary care in Italy and
The 2021 Vasco da Gama Junior Research Award winner is Peter Konstantin Kurotschka
(Italy) for his project “General practitioners’ experiences during the first phase of the
COVID-19 pandemic in Italy: a critical incident technique study”. Following a robust
qualitative methodology, this study gives a unique insight on the challenges faced by the
primary care workforce in Italy during March and April 2020, when the pandemic hit the
country in an unprecedented manner. The study reveales huge criticalities in the capacity
of the healthcare system to take care of patients during a health emergency of the
dimensions of COVID-19. At the same time, the study shed light on the many opportunities
that Italy have to rebuild a stronger healthcare system, with the core competencies of
General Practitioners as its fundamental part.
The study was carried out in a multidisciplinary team of young GPs, epidemiologists, a
qualitative methodologist, and a law graduate experienced in medico-legal issues. 
The authors would like to thank the Giotto Movement for its support.
To read the full study results, click here https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/