The objective of this study is to investigate the patient gown innovations and the availability of specific gowns used for certain procedures. The design of hospital patient gowns will be the purpose of the study. Implementing new features in hospital gowns can improve patient satisfaction of hospital resources, can assist the healthcare professionals in giving care in a dignified way and help the patient to maintain their dignity.
The study will take the form of a qualitative research design using one-to-one interviews as a means of data collection.
The setting will be a cardiac centre in Bahrain which was established 28 years ago. The patient hospital gown has not seen any change in design for many years. The centre deals with all aspects of cardiac disease with two cardiac catheterization laboratories, one cardiac theatre, coronary care unit, diagnostic department, and chest pain clinic. In support of these units we have the physiotherapy, and dietician department. All dealing with interventional procedures which affect the usage of patient hospital gowns.
The data analysis methodology will be that of using thematic analysis to extract themes and sub-themes which will then be taken into producing major themes. These themes will be used to recommend changes in the current patient gowns.
Results and Conclusion
Results showed that current hospital patient gown in collaboration with medical care was of the highest importance to the patient outcome and new innovations were needed. Rehabilitative procedures need to keep patient dignity and at present this is not achieved. In critical care areas it was also found that quick access is of the highest importance to the care of patients. More research into patient gown innovation is needed.