'Why does it have to be open at the back?' The impact of the hospital gown on recovery and wellbeing

Liza Morton, Nicola Cogan, Emmanouil Georgiadis

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Abstract

If you are what you wear what impact does wearing a backless hospital gown have on health, wellbeing and recovery? Research has yet to explore this and there seems to be institutionalised acceptance of the gown despite recent drives to empower patients with person centred health care provisions. We report on two small scale studies which were carried out to consider the impact of the hospital gown on wellbeing and recovery among adults with and without chronic health conditions. The first study consisted of conducting in-depth, semi-structured interviews (n = 10) with adults living with a life-long chronic health conditions (congenital heart disease), which were audio-recorded, transcribed and thematic analysis was used to identify themes from the qualitative data. The second study is a cross-sectional, online survey exploring adults’ views (n = 600+) and experiences of the hospital gown. Preliminary qualitative analysis has identified the following master themes: (1) loss of ‘healthy’ identity, (2) symbolic embodiment of the ‘sick’ role, (3) relinquishing control to medical professionals, and (4) vulnerability, disempowerment and embarrassment. Preliminary quantitative analysis of the online survey data indicates that adults often reported wearing the hospital gown despite lack of medical necessity with its design considered to be not fit for purpose and lacking in dignity. The implications of these findings are discussed, emphasising the importance of challenging cultural norms in healthcare since de-humanising aspects of care may contribute adversely impact wellbeing and recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2019
Event#endpjparalysis global online summit - Online Global Summit
Duration: 10 Jul 201912 Jul 2019
http://Why does it have to be open at the back? the impact of the hospital gown on recovery and wellbeing.

Conference

Conference#endpjparalysis global online summit
Period10/07/1912/07/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • hospital
  • patient experience
  • hospital gowns
  • recovery
  • mental health
  • wellbeing

Research Output

Baring all: the impact of the hospital gown on patient wellbeing

Morton, L., Cogan, N., Kornfält, S., Porter, Z. & Georgiadis, E., 1 Sep 2020, In : British Journal of Health Psychology. 25, 3, p. 452-473 22 p.

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Implications of wearing the hospital gown on mental health, practice and policy

Morton, L. & Cogan, N., 29 Oct 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Prizes

Strategic Themes - Impact award

Morton, Liza (Recipient) & Cogan, Nicola (Recipient), 12 Jun 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Psychologically Informed Medicine

Liza Morton (Speaker)

29 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Patients asked to share their thoughts about hospital gowns for Glasgow study

Liza Morton (Interviewee) & Nicola Cogan (Interviewee)

26 Jun 2019

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

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