Scientific papers

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Van Rijn A., Meiland F., & Dröes, RM. (2019) Linking two new E-health caregiver interventions to meeting centres for people with dementia and their carers; a process evaluation, Aging & Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1617243


Justyna Mazurek, Dorota Szcześniak, Katarzyna Małgorzata Lion, Rose-Marie Dröes, Maciej Karczewski, Joanna Rymaszewska (2019)Does the Meeting Centres Support Programme reduce unmet care needs of community-dwelling older people with dementia? A controlled, 6-month follow-up Polish study. Clinical Interventions in Aging, vol. 14, Pages 113—122.


Shirley Evans, Simon Evans, Dawn Brooker, Cate Henderson, Dorota Szcześniak, Teresa Atkinson, Jennifer Bray, Rehill Amritpal, Francesca Lea Saibene, Alessia d’Arma, Claudia Scorolli, Rabih Chattat, Elisabetta Farina, Katarzyna Urbańska, Joanna Rymaszewska, Franka Meiland & Rose-Marie Dröes (2018) The impact of the implementation of the Dutch combined Meeting Centres Support Programme for family caregivers of people with dementia in Italy, Poland and UK, Aging & Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1544207


Szcześniak, D., Dröes, R., Meiland, F., Brooker, D., Farina, E., Chattat, R., . . . Rymaszewska, J. (2018). Does the community-based combined Meeting Center Support Programme (MCSP) make the pathway to day-care activities easier for people living with dementia? A comparison before and after implementation of MCSP in three European countries. International Psychogeriatrics, 30(11), 1717-1734. doi:10.1017/S1041610217002885


Brooker, D., Evans, S.C.,  Evans, S.B., Bray, J., Saibene,F.L., Scorolli, C., Szczesniak, D., d’Arma, A., Urbanska, K., Atkinson, T., Farina, E., Rymaszewska, J., Chattat, R., Hender-son, C., Rehill, A., Hendriks, I., Meiland, F., Dröes, R.M. Evaluation of the implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Program in Italy, Poland, and the UK; exploration of the effects on people with dementia. Int J Geriatric Psychiatry, 2018 Jul;33(7):883-892. doi: 10.1002/gps.4865.


Mazurek, J., Szcześniak, D., Urbańska, K., Dröes, R.M. & Rymaszewska, J. (2017). Met and unmet care needs of the elderly with dementia living at home: Personal and informal carers’ perspectives. Dementia, DOI: 10.1177/1471301217733233


Dröes, R. M., Meiland, F. J. M., Evans, S., Brooker, D., Farina, E., Szcześniak, D., … & Chattat, R. (2017). Comparison of the adaptive implementation and evaluation of the Meeting Centers Support Program for people with dementia and their family carers in Europe; study protocol of the MEETINGDEM project. BMC geriatrics, 17(1), 79.

Dröes, R. M. (2017). MEETINGDEM; Implementation and Validation of the Meeting Centres Support Programme in Europe. IPA Bulletin, 34(2).




Urbańska, K., Szcześniak, D. & Rymaszewska, J. (2015) The stigma of dementia. Ad-vances in Psychiatry and Neurology.


Urbańska, K., Szcześniak, D., Rymaszewska, J., Dröes, R.M. (2015) Program Wsparcia Centrum Spotkań – amsterdamski program zintegrowanego wsparcia dla osób z otępieniem i ich opiekunów. Advances In Psychiatry and Neurology. (In Polish)


Dröes, R.M., Meiland, F.J.M., Schmitz, M.J. & Van Tilburg, W. (2011). How do people with dementia and their carers evaluate the Meeting Centres Support Programme? Non-pharmacological Therapies in Dementia, Vol. 2, Nr. 1.


Meiland, F.J.M., Dröes, R.M., Lange, J. de, Vernooij-Dassen, M.J.F.J., Tilburg, W. van (2010) Predictors of effective support in meeting centers for people with dementia and their carers, Nonpharmacological therapies in dementia; 1(3) 251-270.


Dröes, R.M., Meiland, F.J.M., Schmitz, M.J. & Van Tilburg, W. (2006). Effect of the Meeting Centres Support Program on informal carers of people with dementia: Results from a multi-centre study. Aging & Mental Health, 10(2):112-24. DOI: 10.1080/13607860500310682


Meiland, F.J., Dröes, R.M., de Lange, J. & Vernooij-Dassen, M.J (2005). Facilitators and barriers in the implementation of the meeting centres model for people with dementia and their carers. Health Policy, 71(2):243-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2004.08.011


Meiland, F.J., Kat, M.G., Van Tilburg, W., Jonker, C. & Dröes, R.M. (2005). The emotional impact of psychiatric symptoms in dementia on partner caregivers: do caregiver, patient, and situation characteristics make a difference? Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord., 19(4):195-201.


Meiland, F.J., Dröes, R.M., De Lange, J. & Vernooij-Dassen, M.J. (2004). Development of a theoretical model for tracing facilitators and barriers in adaptive implementation of innovative practices in dementia care. Arch Gerontol Geriatr Suppl. (9):279-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2004.04.038


Dröes, R.M., Breebaart, E., Meiland, F.J., Van Tilburg, W. & Mellenbergh G.J (2004). Effect of Meeting Centres Support Program on feelings of competence of family carers and delay of institutionalization of people with dementia. Aging & Mental Health, 8(3):201-11. DOI: 10.1080/13607860410001669732


Dröes, R.M., Meiland, F.J., Schmitz, M.J., Boerema, I., Derksen, E., De Lange, J., Vernooij-Dassen, M.J., Van Tilburg, W. (2004). Variations in meeting centers for people with dementia and their carers. Results of a multi-center implementation study. Arch Gerontol Geriatr Suppl., (9):127-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2004.04.020


Dröes, R.M., Meiland, F., Schmitz, M. & Van Tilburg, W. (2004). Effect of combined support for people with dementia and carers versus regular day care on behaviour and mood of persons with dementia: results from a multi-centre implementation study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19: 673–684. DOI: 10.1002/gps.1142


Dröes, R.M., Breebaart, E., Ettema, T.P., Van Tilburg, W., Mellenbergh, G.J (2000). Effect of integrated family support versus day care only on behavior and mood of patients with dementia. Int Psychogeriatr. 12(1):99-115.


Professional papers

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Brooker, D., Dröes, R. M., Evans, S., & Evans, S. (2017). Framing outcomes of post-diagnostic psychosocial interventions in dementia: the Adaptation-Coping Model and adjusting to change. Working with Older People, 21(1), 13-21.


Dröes et al. (2009). The Meeting Centres Support Programme. In Moniz-Cook, E., Manthorpe (eds). Early Psychosocial interventions in Dementia; evidence-based practice, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, UK.


Dröes, R.M., Meiland, F. & Tilburg, W. (2006). The Meeting Centres Support Programme model for persons with dementia and their carers: aims, methods and research. In Care-giving in dementia, Publisher: Routledge, UK, Editors: B. Miesen, G. Jones, pp.315-339


Dröes et al. (2004). Support programmes for caregivers of people with dementia: A review of methods and effects. In Care-giving in dementia III, Publisher: Routledge, UK, Editors: B. Miesen, G. Jones, pp.214-239


Films on MCSP







Powerpoint Presentation on Meeting Center Support Program and MeetingDem