The Effect of Web-Based Preoperative and Postoperative Patient Care Education on Nursing Students A Randomized Controlled Study

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Durmaz Edeer A., Vural F., Damar H. T., Yasak K., Damar M.

CIN-COMPUTERS INFORMATICS NURSING, vol.37, no.10, pp.541-547, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/cin.0000000000000552
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.541-547
  • Keywords: Nursing, Postoperative care, Preoperative care, Randomized controlled trial, Web-based education, SIMULATION, KNOWLEDGE, PROGRAM
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


This study examined the effect of Web-based preoperative and postoperative patient care education among undergraduate nursing students. This was an experimental, randomized controlled study. The study included 305 nursing students (experimental group: n = 155, control group: n = 150), who were assessed with the following instruments: the Preoperative and Postoperative Care Knowledge Test, Preoperative and Postoperative Care Skill Control List, Clinical Decision Making in Nursing Scale, and Nursing Student Clinical Performance Evaluation Scale. t Tests and chi(2) tests were used to evaluate the data. There was no statistically significant difference between the students' posttest knowledge levels, clinical performance assessment, or clinical decision-making scores. The experimental group was found to perform the skills of "check patient's documents and prophylactic antibiotics when going to surgery" (chi(2) = 4.88; P = .02), "controls the surgical safety checklist (before surgery) before going to surgery" (chi(2) = 10.41; P = .00), and "observes surgical site/dressing (chi(2) = 7.77; P = .00)" at a statistically significantly higher level. The education provided in the Web-based education was equivalent to that provided in traditional education. Thus, Web-based education appears to be a useful tool to educate student nurses in preoperative and postoperative patient care.

KEYWORDS: Nursing, Postoperative care, Preoperativecare, Randomized controlled trial, Web-based education