How ditching hospital gowns for clothes is helping patients regain a sense of humanity

A health-care advocate who started the hashtag #endpjparalysis has ignited a conversation about what he says is a harmful patient practice that has been "hidden in plain sight."

"Pyjamas make you perceive yourself as unwell," said Brian Dolan, a visiting professor of nursing at Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research in the U.K.

"People come into hospital, they get into their pyjamas, and then they are paralyzed in their pyjamas," he said.