Dr. Bernhard Holle, MScN

Group Leader

German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
Postfach 6250
Stockumer Str. 12
58453 Witten

+49 (0) 2302 / 926-241
+49 (0) 2302 / 926-239

Group members

Name Phone Fax
Iris Hochgraeber, Research Associate +49 (0) 2302/926-252 +49 (0) 2302/926-239
Kerstin Köhler, Research Associate +49 (0) 2302/926-223 +49 (0) 2302/926-239
Rebecca Palm, Research Associate +49 (0) 2302/926-224 +49 (0) 2302/926-239
Christiane Pinkert, Research Associate +49 (0) 2302/926-228 +49 (0) 2302/926-239
Milena von Kutzleben, Research Associate +49 (0) 2302/926-264 +49 (0) 2302/926-239
Steffen Heinrich, Research Associate +49 (0) 2302/926-262 +49 (0) 2302/926-239
Christoph Cavazzini, Research Associate +49 (0) 2302/926-252 +49 (0) 2302/926-239


Care arrangements for community-dwelling people with dementia in Germany as perceived by informal carers - a cross-sectional pilot survey in a provincial-rural setting.

von Kutzleben M1, Reuther S, Dortmann O, Holle B. Health Soc Care Community. 2015 Feb 26. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12202

Niedrigschwellige Betreuungsangebote für Menschen mit Demenz aus der Sicht der Betreuungskräfte.

Hochgraeber, I., Dortmann, O., Bartholomeyczik, S., & Holle, B. (2014). Das Gesundheitswesen. doi: DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1377047.

Niedrigschwellige Betreuungsangebote für Menschen mit Demenz aus Sicht pflegender Angehöriger.

Hochgraeber, I., Dortmann, O., Bartholomeyczik, S., & Holle, B. (2014). Pflege, 27(1), 7-18. doi: 10.1024/1012-5302/axxxxxx.

The organization of low-threshold support services for people with dementia- different stakeholders’ perceptions.

Hochgraeber, I., von Kutzleben, M., & Holle, B. (2014). Health & Social Care in the Community.

Structural characteristics of specialised living units for people with dementia: a cross-sectional study in German nursing homes.

Palm, R., Bartholomeyczik, S., Roes, M., & Holle, B. (2014). International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 8(1), 39. doi: 10.1186/1752-4458-8-39.

Assessing the application of non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia in German nursing homes: Feasibility and content validity of the Dementia Care Questionnaire (DemCare-Q).

Palm, R., Köhler, K., Bartholomeyczik, S., & Holle, B. (2014). BMC Research Notes, 7(1), 950. doi:10.1186/1756-0500-7-950.

Der Prozess der Entwicklung und Umsetzung von demenzspezifischen Konzepten in Krankenhäusern - eine qualitative Untersuchung.

Pinkert, C., & B., H. (2014). Pflege & Gesellschaft, 19(3), 209-223.

Entwicklung, Umsetzung und Evaluation pflegerischer Interventionen für Menschen mit Demenz in der stationären Altenhilfe in Deutschland - eine Literaturstudie.

Palm, R., Köhler, K., Dichter, M. N., Bartholomeyczik, S., & Holle, B. (2013). Pflege, 26(5 ), 337-355.

Longitudinal evaluation of dementia care in German nursing homes: the "DemenzMonitor" study protocol.

Palm, R., Kohler, K., Schwab, C. G., Bartholomeyczik, S., & Holle, B. (2013). BMC Geriatr, 13(1), 123. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-13-123.

People with dementia in acute hospitals : Literature review of prevalence and reasons for hospital admission.

Pinkert C, Holle B. Z Gerontol Geriatr. 2012 Apr 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Community-dwelling persons with dementia: What do they need? What do they demand? What do they do? A systematic review on the subjective experiences of persons with dementia.

von Kutzleben M, Schmid W, Halek M, Holle B, Bartholomeyczik S. Aging Ment Health. 2012 Apr;16(3):378-90. Epub 2012 Jan 18.

Quality management in ambulatory care nursing and inpatient nursing in Germany. Specifics and current trends

M Geraedts, B Holle, HC Vollmar, S Bartholomeyczik; Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz. 2011 Feb;54(2):185-93.

Promoting patient-oriented dementia research - current issues in the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the Witten/Herdecke University.

Bartholomeyczik, S., Holle, B., Riesner, C., Halek, M., & Vollmar, H. C. (2010), Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen, 104(10), 744-753.

Häusliche Pflegeberatung für Geldleistungsbezieher in der Pflegeversicherung.

Büscher, A., Holle, B., Emmert, S., & Fringer, A. (2010), Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 43(2), 103-110.

Beratungsbesuche nach § 37 Abs. 3 SGB XI. Eine emprirische Bestandsaufnahme.

Büscher, A., Holle, B., Emmert, S., & Fringer, A. (2010), Bielefeld: Institut für Pflegewissenschaft an der Universität Bielefeld (IPW).

Das 5-F Konzept häuslicher Pflegeberatung. Eine empirisch begründete Interventionentwicklung.

Holle, B. (2010), Universität Witten/Herdecke, Witten.

Curriculum Vitae

After training as a nurse (1994-1997), Bernhard Holle studied nursing science at the Witten/Herdecke University and graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing. During his time as a scientific assistant at the Institute of Nursing Science, Witten/Herdecke University (2002-2007), he was involved in two research projects with the objective to provide indications for the further development of the German long-term care insurance (“Pflegeversicherung”, SGB XI). Here he examined so-called long-term care budgets as to their feasibility in the outpatient nursing practice and evaluated the implementation of counseling visits to § 37 par. 3 of the SGB XI.

During the same period, from 2003 to 2005, Holle worked as manager of a mobile nursing service. From 2007 to 2009, as a referent at state level for residential care for the elderly, he acquired further knowledge of the organization and structure of nursing care services. As part of his Ph.D., which he finished in 2010, he conducted an empirically based development of a conceptual framework for home care counseling (5-F concept of home care counseling model).

Since 2010 Bernhard Holle has been group leader of the working group Care Structures at the DZNE center in Witten. His research focuses on the structural conditions of care for people with dementia, applying health service research methods.

Areas of investigation/research focus

The working group “Care Structures”
Against the background of limited public resources, changes in family structures and an increasing shortage of skilled personnel in the field of nursing as well as general practitioner and medical specialist care, it is necessary to develop target-oriented care services for people with dementia. First and foremost is the basic assumption that a supply structure that meets special requirements and needs can improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. Hence it is a stated aim of the working group to analyze and develop, for example, German social welfare legislation, economic conditions and various offers of care provision for people with dementia in terms of their impact on care provision and their value-orientation for people with dementia.

With a methodological focus on the area of health services research, the working group picks up on current and anticipated issues of organizing the care of people with dementia and provides scientific results that are of high practical relevance.

The substantial issues of the working group Care Structures are:

  • What is the contribution of the health care structures for people with dementia and their relatives regarding their needs and demands?
  • How can health care structures be designed and developed in order to make a targeted contribution to the care of people with dementia and to supporting their families and relatives?

Besides the adjustment to the demands and needs of people with dementia and their families, there are more factors of crucial importance for the structural configuration of health care services. Important factors for the configuration of appropriate care services in their respective settings are: legal and economic parameters, organizational standards, interdisciplinary cooperation and the dementia-specific skills of the professions.

To deal with these issues on a sustainable scientific basis, three thematic core themes (Fig. 1) building the framework for the research program of the workgroup have been identified:

  1. Investigation of different care settings (e. g. at home, nursing homes, hospitals, GPs and medical specialists, local authorities) taking into account their specific forms of care for people with dementia and the ensuing structural needs.
  2. Investigation and description of the required, existing and prospective health care potentials (e. g. professional, family and relatives, volunteers) considering the demands, promoting and inhibiting factors for each activity in the care of people with dementia.
  3. Investigation and appraisal of existing parameters (e.g. as relevant social legislation, funding) with respect to their impact on the care and to develop appropriate recommendations.
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