Prof. Dr. Martina Roes

Speaker and Group Leader

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

+49 (0) 2302 / 926-237
+49 (0) 2302 / 926-239

Group members

Name Phone Fax
Jan Dreyer,Research Associate +49 (0)2302/926-213 +49 (0)2302/926-239
Franziska Laporte Uribe, Research Associate +49 (0)2302/926-226 +49 (0)2302/926-239
Daniel Purwins, Research Associate +49 (0) 2302/926-268 +49 (0)2302/926-239
Tina Quasdorf, Research Associate +49 (0) 2302/926-245 +49 (0)2302 /926-239
Jonathan Serbser, Research Associate +49 (0)2302/926-254 +49 (0)2302/926-239

Curriculum Vitae

After nursing education and several years of nursing practice (1979-1991), Roes studied sociology, philosophy and psychology at the Free University Berlin (1991-1997). After graduating in sociology, she received a research grant from the Robert Bosch Foundation in the pilot project Knowledge Circulation in Nursing Education, which was also the topic of her PhD thesis (2002). Following the grant, Roes worked as a research associate at the Institute for Applied Nursing Research (IAP) at the University of Bremen.

In 2003 she became professor of Nursing Management at the Clementine von Wallmenich University of Applied Science. At the end of 2003, a professorship for Nursing Science at the University of Applied Science in Bremen followed; there she was dean of study affairs in the Department of Social Science (2004-2006) and vice-rector for education (2006-2008). She also founded the Institute for Quality and Case Management (IQC) in 2004.

In 2010 and 2011, she worked at the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania on a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Commonwealth Foundation and the B. Braun Foundation and was actively involved in a national project of the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQ).

Prof. Martina Roes chairs Nursing Science and Health Care Research in the Department for Nursing Science of the Faculty for Health at Witten/Herdecke University. At the same time, she is speaker of the DZNE site Witten and leader of the research group Implementation and Dissemination Research (since Oct. 2012).

Core areas of interest: 

  • Implementation and dissemination research
  • Quality
  • Care and case management
  • Social Networks
  • Healthcare Policy

Board activities
On behalf of the Deutsche Pflegerat (German nursing counsel), Prof. Roes is a member of several work groups of the Federal Joint Commission on Quality, and is a board member of the ateering committee of the German Network for Quality Assurance in Nursing (DNQP). She is also a member of the board of trustees of the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWIG). She represents the sisterhood of Berlin in the German Counsel for Education.and she is a jury member in various charitable foundations.

Selected publications

Transition between home care and recpite care.

 Kuske, S., Roes, M., Bartholomeyzcik S; Z Gerontol Geriat, online first, May 2015

Gegenstandsbereiche der pflegewissenschaftlichen Auseinandersetzung mit Disseminations- und Implementierungsprozessen in Deutschland: Konzeptionelle Formung der Sektion Dissemination und Implementierung (SDI) in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Pflegewissenschaft (DGP).

Buscher I., Roes M., Hoben M. In: Hoben M., Baer M., Wahl H.W. (Hrsg.) (2015): Implementierungswissenschaft für Pflege und Gerontologie: Grundlagen, Forschung und Anwendung - Ein Handbuch. Kohlhammer, Kapitel 22

Disseminations- und Implementierungsforschung – ein für die Pflegeforschung und –praxis wichtiger Forschungszweig.

Roes M. In: Zaengl P. (Hrsg). (2015) Zukunft der Pflege – 20 Jahres Norddeutsches Zentrum zur Weiterentwicklung der Pflege (NDZ). Springer Bücher.

Empowerment in der Pflege. Jahrbuch Pflegemanagement.

Bettig, U., Frommelt, M., Roes, M., Schmidt, R., & Thiele, G. (2014). Heidelberg: medhochzwei Verlag GmbH.

Process evaluation of the implementation of dementia-specific case conferences in nursing homes (FallDem): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

Holle, D., Roes, M., Buscher, I., Reuther, S., Müller, R., & Halek, M. (2014). Trials, 15(1), 485.

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), 39-51.

Implementierungs- und Disseminationswissenschaft - Konzeptionelle Analyse von Gaps zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis.

Roes, M., Buscher, I., & Riesner, C. (2013). Pflege & Gesellschaft, 18(3), 213.

Implementierungs- und Disseminationsforschung - ein notwendiger Diskurs.

Roes, M., de Jong, A., & Wulff, I. (2013). Pflege & Gesellschaft, 18(3), 197.

Schwerpunkt: Dissemination und Implementierung. Einführung.

Roes, M., & Stemmer, R. (2013). Pflege & Gesellschaft, 18(3), 195.

Areas of investigation/research focus of the Group Implementation and Dissemination Research (ImDi)

“How can innovations and interventions be integrated sustainably into care practice?”

From the perspective of implementation and dissemination research it can be determined that a) only a fraction of interventions for people with dementia is translated into care practice, for example, in the form of expert standards or guidelines, b) the implementation of interventions is not carried out systematically, and c) the systematic, structured, and sustainable implementation and dissemination as well as the continuous evaluation of implementation and dissemination effects are usually omitted. With this in mind, implementation and dissemination research can be considered as an integrative part of health care research.

The public health sector is facing the challenge of implementing evidence-informed practice, and this requires dealing with existing operation routines. Initiating changing processes refers to both, to the individual person as well as to the organization, and to the general socio-political framework. The outcome of this is a plurality of heterogeneous factors which impact on the predictability and controllability of these processes. As a result, the implementation and dissemination process necessary for transferring innovations and interventions into daily operation routines often stretches over several years.

Effective strategies are essential to develop more successful implementation and dissemination processes in terms of sustainably influencing the quality of care. Theoretical models of implementation and dissemination processes are necessary for the development of these strategies. Both, the effectiveness of the implementation/dissemination (implementation success) as well as the outcome of an intervention are focus of this kind of research. Whereas internationally there is already a pool of relevant knowledge available, in Germany implementation and dissemination research is still a very young branch of science. Therefore, the research group “Implementation and Dissemination Research” (ImDi) is not only engaged in the generation of its concepts but also in the transferability of this knowledge into the German health system.

The research group ImDi is concerned with the following questions:

  • Which models are suitable to develop successful strategies for implementation and dissemination processes in terms of sustainably influencing the quality of care for people with dementia more effectively?
  • How can care practice questions be translated into questions of implementation and dissemination research, and how can ideas for solutions be tested and evaluated?
  • What can implementation and dissemination research contribute towards evidence-informed practice becoming part of care routines?


Buscher, I. (2012). Key factors influencing implementation of case conferences in daily care of people with dementia. Paper presented at the 27th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International in London, United Kingdom; Poster

Chaudoir, S. R., Dugan, A. G., & Barr, C. H. (2013). Measuring factors affecting implementation of health innovations: a systematic review of structural, organizational, provider, patient, and innovation level measures Implement Sci, (8)22.

Damschroder, L. J., Aron, D. C., Keith, R. E., Kirsh, S. R., Alexander, J. A., & Lowery, J. C. (2009). Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: A consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Implement Sci, 4(50).

Fixsen, D. L., Naoom, S. F., Blase, K. A., Friedman, R. M., & Wallace, F. (2005). Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature (FMHI Publication 231 ed.). Tampa: University of South Florida, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, The National Implementation Research Network.

Greenhalgh, T., Glenn, R., Macfarlane, F., Bate, P., & Kyriakidou, O. (2004). Diffusion of Innovations in Service Organizations: A Systematic Review and Recommendations. Milkbank, 48(4), 581 – 629.

Grol, R., Wensing, M., & Eccles, M. (Eds.) (2005). Improving Patient Care: The Implementation of Change in Clinical Practice. Edinburgh, London, New York, Oxford, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Sydney, Toronto: Elsevier.

Grypdonck, M. (2004). Eine kritische Bewertung von Forschungsmethoden zur Herstellung von Evidenz in der Pflege. Pflege & Gesellschaft, 9(2), 35-41.

Holle, D., Halek, M., Mayer, H., & Bartholomeyczik, S. (2011). Die Auswirkungen der Verstehenden Diagnostik auf das Belastungserleben Pflegender im Umgang mit Menschen mit Demenz in der stationaren Altenhilfe. [The influence of understanding diagnostics on perceived stress of nurses caring for nursing home residents with dementia]. Pflege, 24, 303-316.

McSherry, R., Simmons, M., & Pearce, P. (2002). An introduction to evidence informed nursing. Evidence-Informed Nursing: Guide for Clinical Nurses, 1.

Nevo, I., & Slonim-Nevo, V. (2011). The Myth of Evidence-Based Practice: Towards Evidence-Informed Practice. British Journal of Social Work, 41(6), 1176-1197.

Proctor, E., Silmere, H., Raghavan, R., Hovmand, P., Aarons, G., Bunger, A., et al. (2011). Outcomes for implementation research: Conceptual distinctions, measurement challenges, and research agenda. Adm Policy Ment Health, 38, 65-76.

Rogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of innovations (5th ed.). New York: Free Press.