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Design of paediatricians’ uni-sex clothes for hospital wear

Y.L. Kwok (Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
C.Y. Yeung (Department of Paediatrics, The University of Hong Kong)
O.M. Chi (Department of Paediatrics, The University of Hong Kong)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 1 February 2000



Child patients may feel nervous and stressful during hospitalization, due to dealing with strangers and the rehabilitation environment. A relaxed atmosphere can reduce stress and fear indeed.

This study was carried out to determine its psychological and physical needs of the child patients, their parents and the paediatricians in designing the collection of the paediatiricans’ uni-sex clothes for hospital wear. A preliminary study was carried out with 61 child patients, 113 child patients’ parents and 24 paediatricins on the existing hospital gown and the ideal one.

The results of the preliminary survey showed that identification of paediatricians and childfriendly styles should be highlighted. Therefore, traditional styles, causal hospital styles and causal street styles were then developed. A hospital trial was also made in order to gain direct feedback during the interview in the hospital. The result of preliminary survey was generally accepted. Some design features needed to be changed; such as the length of uniform, colour co-ordination and types of pocket.

The collection for the paediatrician has been finalized by the second survey. 50 child patients, 50 patients’ parents and 20 paediatricians were interviewed again as in the primary survey. And the results indicated that they have different needs for the psychological preferences in style design. For the child patients, they gave emphasis on the aesthetic value; parents preferred the identifications of paediatricians and a traditional image; and, the paediatricians preferred the function of design and the traditional image.



Kwok, Y.L., Yeung, C.Y. and Chi, O.M. (2000), "Design of paediatricians’ uni-sex clothes for hospital wear", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 45-51.



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