INTRODUCTION: The study aims to examine the effect of rational drug use education given to parents on parental attitudes.
METHODS: The pretest-posttest randomized controlled experimental study was carried out in Erzurum between June 2020 and September 2021. The study population comprised parents of children aged 0 to 12 who were registered a Family Health Center in Erzurum. The study sample consisted of 100 parents who came to the FHC on the specified dates and matched the research criteria. "Parent Introductory Form", "Parental Attitude Scale for Rational Drug Use (PASRDU)" and "Rational Drug Use Education" were used to collect research data.
RESULTS: The post-test mean score of the parents in the education group increased after the educational intervention compared to the pre-test mean score, and the difference between the two scores was statistically significant (p<.001). The difference between the post-test mean scores of the parents in the education and control groups was found to be statistically significant (p<.001).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Parents' rational drug use was found to have improved as a result of the education provided during the study. It is advised that education and counselling services be provided at regular intervals to raise parents' understanding of rational drug use and to help them develop the proper behaviour.