2021
DOI: 10.1177/23743735211033152
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Healing by Leaps and Gowns: A Novel Patient Gowning System to the Rescue

Abstract: Patient attire is paramount to a patient’s dignity and hospital experience. The traditional hospital gown is dehumanizing, anachronistic, and was designed for providers’ convenience. In this descriptive, prospective follow-up to our previous pilot study, we evaluated male and female medical and surgical patients and provider preference and experience with a novel patient gowning system, the Patient Access Linen System (PALS). This study was conducted in 2 hospitals within our health system. Our objective was t… Show more

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“…The partnership with and perspectives of the participants in this study confirm previous research findings from other settings 2,[7][8][9][10][11]25,26,20 indicating that the patient and carer experience may be improved through focused redesign and creation of this vital item of patient clothing.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 82%
“…The partnership with and perspectives of the participants in this study confirm previous research findings from other settings 2,[7][8][9][10][11]25,26,20 indicating that the patient and carer experience may be improved through focused redesign and creation of this vital item of patient clothing.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 82%
“…While a minority of the participants were of the view that the gown was necessary and/or required no modifications, the majority reported the need for alternatives such as patients having the option to bring their own patient wear, reducing the use of the gown to occasions when it is medically necessary or modifying its existing design to reduce patients' exposure and to increase dignity through adopting a patient-centred approach to its design and use (Oliver, 2017). Efforts to create new hospital attire that begins to address these needs is underway (Frankel et al, 2021). Despite such developments, many of the healthcare workers in the current study pointed to resource implications, institutional acceptance of the gown and barriers to challenging hospital policies and practices; this is likely due to wider issues relating to resistance to change within healthcare systems (Robinson, 2022).…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…In turn, this may contribute to an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress in response to medically traumatic experiences (Frankel et al, 2021, Morton, 2020Morton et al, 2022).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…[4][5][6][7] However, design innovations have not been met with substantial market uptake; new designs are still being developed and tested. [8][9][10] Gown studies and redesigns have focused on the needs of patients and clinicians, 1,3,7 resulting in costly products 7 that limit use. 1 Little work has explored the perspectives of other gown stakeholders, such as manufacturers and launderers.…”
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confidence: 99%