Effects of web-based rational drug use program for nursing students: a randomized controlled study


Teaching and Learning in Nursing, vol.19, no.2, 2024 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.teln.2023.12.009
  • Journal Name: Teaching and Learning in Nursing
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, ASSIA, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source
  • Keywords: Education, Nursing students, Randomized controlled trial, Rational drug use
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: Rational drug use (RDU) is an issue that has global concerns for all health professionals. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of web-based rational drug use program (RDUP) for nursing students. Method: A total of 224 nursing students were randomly assigned to the intervention (IG = 112) and control (CG = 112) groups. The IG received a 4-week web-based RDUP. Data were collected at baseline (T0), postintervention (in 1-week = T1), and postintervention (in 16-week = T2). Results: The level of RDU was significantly higher in the IG than in the CG at T1 (F = 88.890; p<0.001; η2 = 0.287) and at T2 (F = 251.875; p<0.001; η2 = 0.533). Discussion: Web-based RDUP was effective in level of rational drug use among nursing students. Therefore web-based RDUP should be included in the nursing curriculum.