Study into hospital gowns reveals all

Many hospital patients don't need to wear traditional open-back gowns but despite being encouraged to wear home clothes some patients still like to wear the gown, a new study finds.

The research by Canadian doctors looked at the feasibility of encouraging patients to wear their own clothes, rather than hospital gowns, to help maintain their dignity, self-esteem and orientation during hospital stays.

Dr Todd Lee and colleagues, from McGill University Health Centre, Montreal,  wrote in a research letter published in JAMA Internal