Does the 'Teddy Bear Hospital' enhance preschool children's knowledge? A pilot study with a pre/post-case control design in Germany

J Health Psychol. 2014 Oct;19(10):1250-60. doi: 10.1177/1359105313488975. Epub 2013 Jul 1.


The 'Teddy Bear Hospital' is a medical students' project, which has been increasingly established in many countries. To evaluate this concept, we examined the effects of a German Teddy Bear Hospital on children's knowledge relating to their body, health and disease. Using a quasi-experimental pre/post design, we examined 131 preschool children from 14 German kindergartens with pictorial interview-based scales. The analysis of covariance revealed that the children who visited the Teddy Bear Hospital had a significantly better knowledge concerning their body, health and disease than the children from the control group. This German Teddy Bear Hospital is a good health education vehicle for preschool children.

Keywords: Germany; health education; health promotion; preschool child; ‘Teddy Bear Hospital’.

MeSH terms

  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects