Linen in the hospital bed: effects on patients' well-being

Authors

  • Gerry Larsson PhD Registered Psychologist,

    Associate Professor and Research Director, Corresponding author
    1. Centre for Public Health Research, The County Council of Varmland, Karlstad, Sweden
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  • Vera Berg RN BA

    Research Assistant
    1. Centre for Public Health Research, The County Council of Varmland, Karlstad, Sweden
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Dr G Larsson, The Centre for Public Health Research, The County Council of Värmland S-651 82 Karlstad, Sweden

Abstract

The aim of the study was to determine if using linen in hospital beds affects patients' well-being An experimental group consisting of 52 patients (mean age 64 4 years) at a medical ward used linen in the bottom sheet, the protective sheet, the pillow-case and the patient gown for 4 weeks A control group consisting of 40 patients (mean age 67 5 years) at the same ward was observed for 4 weeks using the conventional material (cotton, cotton/polyester) Marginal positive effects on patients' well-being were noted when linen was used It was discussed that the relative importance of the bed material to patients' well-being may be low, compared to medical treatment, nursing, etc Given the high cost of linen, about 15 times more than the conventional material, it was suggested that the health care system should refrain from large-scale use of linen in hospital beds

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