Design and Product Development

Examining the Design Requirements of Functional Maternity Hospital Gowns Through User-Centered Design

Authors
  • Chanmi G. Hwang (Iowa State University)
  • Lindsay McCoy (Washington State University)

Abstract

Maternity hospital gowns are usually made according to a one-size-fits-all standard with full back openings which are physically and emotionally uncomfortable, not functional, and revealing. The purpose of this research was to understand the design requirements of patients and practitioners in order to develop a functional and sustainable maternity hospital gown design. The researchers applied user-centered design (UCD) methods to develop a new design based on data from market research and focus group interviews. The researchers created a two-piece stretchy gown with an adjustable waist and a washable nursing breast pad insert system which contributed to the gowns overall fit, mobility, closure access, modesty, and tactile comfort.

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Hwang, C. G. & McCoy, L., (2019) “Examining the Design Requirements of Functional Maternity Hospital Gowns Through User-Centered Design”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.8255

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Published on
15 Dec 2019