A Study on Optimal Garments for Acupuncture Patients at Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic, Golden Jubilee Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University

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Chosita Kaoeket
Anutida Posomboon

Abstract

The aim of this study was to develop optimal garments for acupuncture patients at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic, Golden Jubilee Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. Phase I, collecting background information on optimal garments, an interview questionnaire was sent to each of all 27 respondents (3 batches, 9 persons each comprising 3 clients, 3 physicians, and 3 medical assistants); the opinions were sought on an old short-sleeved shirt and pants, and from batch 1 on prototype 1 (short-sleeved shirt and shorts), batch 2 on prototype 2 (short-sleeved shirt and shorts), and batch 3 on prototype 3 (sleeveless shirt and shorts). Phase II, assessing prototype 3 garments (sleeveless shirt and shorts) based on the concepts of product design and personal privacy, 119 randomly selected clients were asked about the garments’ function, aesthetics, ergonomics, safety and privacy, using a 5-point rating or Likert scale (low for a score of 1.00–2.33, moderate for 2.34–3.66 and high for 3.67–5.00). The results showed that, out of all respondents, most of them were female (73.9%) in the 41–50-year age group; 29.4% were government officials, and 48.7% had received a bachelor’s degree. For the opinions on prototype-3 sleeveless shirt, the levels of overall and specific-aspect appropriateness were high, with the highest mean score of 4.38 for the function and the lowest at 3.93 for physical privacy – suggesting that this aspect should be improved. Regarding the opinions on prototype-3 shorts, the levels of overall and specific-aspect appropriateness were also high, with the highest mean score of 4.70 for the function and the lowest at 4.30 for aesthetics – suggesting that shorts should be replaced by mid-calf capri pants. In conclusion, prototype-3 sleeveless shirt and shorts are optimal garments for acupuncture recipients at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic of Mahidol University’s Golden Jubilee Medical Center. However, in order to meet clients’ needs concerning privacy and aesthetics, a further study on this matter should be undertaken.

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