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Comfort evaluation of maternity support garments in a wear trial.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18802820     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aims to evaluate the wear comfort of eight commercially available maternity support garments. The thermophysiological, sensory/tactile and movement comfort were assessed in a wear trial using a 19-item questionnaire. Fourteen pregnant Chinese women aged 32.3 +/- 4.2 years were recruited from a local obstetric clinic. The results show that the tested garments generally provided greater sensory comfort than thermophysiological comfort. The thermophysiological comfort was mainly influenced by the fibre contents and breathability. Significant linear relationships were found between material appearance and hand feel (r = 0.86, p < 0.001), and between non-itchiness and no red mark (r = 0.78, p < 0.001). Movement comfort was influenced by the garment type and style features. Overall, the soft, good-fit, cotton/elastane maternity brief was perceived as the best product. The findings of comfort needs in pregnant women and the effects of various garment attributes would be helpful for the development of maternity support garment design criteria that are required to satisfy critical ergonomic needs. Low back pain during pregnancy is a common and significant health problem. A maternity support garment is regarded as a convenient and safe device to stabilise the lumbar spine so as to relieve pain. However, patient compliance is likely to be affected by discomfort and inconvenience. The results of this study provide guidance for the optimal design of maternity support clothing.
S S Ho; W Yu; T T Lao; D H K Chow; J W Chung; Y Li
Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ergonomics     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0014-0139     ISO Abbreviation:  Ergonomics     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-19     Completed Date:  2008-12-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373220     Medline TA:  Ergonomics     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1376-93     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
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MeSH Terms
Asian Continental Ancestry Group / ethnology
Consumer Satisfaction*
Hong Kong
Young Adult

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