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Mona Dür
Mona Dür, PhD, MSc

Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (Division of Neonatalogy, Intensive Care Medicine and Neuropediatrics)
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

ORCID: 0000-0003-4438-0933
T +43 1 40400 39297


International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health; Neonatology; Occupational Therapy; Psychoanalytic process and outcome research; Qualitative Research; Statistics

Research interests

My main research focus is to understand the clinical relevance of concepts that are meaningful for patients and their caregivers as health care outcomes. The research is designed to elucidate the meaning and significance of different concepts in the perspectives of patients and care givers, such as occupational balance, social support, or societal participation, in order to develop outcome measures for clinical interventions. Furthermore, research is designed to explore associations between such concepts and health, wellbeing, and quality of life in patients and their caregivers, especially addressing persons with chronic autoimmune diseases or parents of preterm infants.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

In order to identify concepts meaningful for patients and caregivers, to determine their coverage by outcome measures, and to develop self-reported outcome measures I am trained to use mixed methods, including qualitative and quantitative research methods, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as a frame of reference. Furthermore, qualitative and quantitative research methods, such as focus group interviews and statistical analysis with a Rasch model, are used to assess psychometric properties of patient- and self-reported outcome measures. Further quantitative methods, such as multivariate and multilevel analyses, are employed to determine associations between concepts meaningful for patients and caregivers and their health and wellbeing.


  • Occupational Balance in Informal Caregivers (OBI-Care) (2014)
    Source of Funding: PHARMIG, Rahmen-Pharmavertrag
    Principal Investigator

Selected publications

  1. Dür, M. et al., 2016. Initial evidence for the link between activities and health: Associations between a balance of activities, functioning and serum levels of cytokines and C-reactive protein. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 65, pp.138-148. Available at:
  2. Dür, M. et al., 2014. Health determining concepts important to people with Crohn�s disease and their coverage by patient-reported outcomes of health and wellbeing. Journal of Crohn�s and Colitis, 8(1), pp.45-55. Available at:
  3. Dür, M. et al., 2014. Development of a new occupational balance-questionnaire: incorporating the perspectives of patients and healthy people in the design of a self-reported occupational balance outcome instrument. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 12(1), p.45. Available at:
  4. Dür, M. et al., 2015. Definitions of occupational balance and their coverage by instruments. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(1), pp.4-15. Available at:
  5. Stamm, T.A. et al., 2007. Concepts important to patients with psoriatic arthritis are not adequately covered by standard measures of functioning. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 57(3), pp.487-494. Available at: