The effects of comics, as measured in randomized controlled trials: a rapid review


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Description: [August 2018 Status: On Hold] Abstract Background While comics can be found all over the world their effects haven’t yet been clearly established in experimental studies. Considering no completed or ongoing systematic review of randomized trials measuring the effects of comics was identified through personal searches and due to the identification of new relevant randomized trials I found it appropriate to update my previous rapid review on this topic. Objectives To evaluate the effects of reading or viewing comics in children, adolescents and adults. Search methods I searched Pubmed, CINAHL, EMBASE, CisMeF, CENTRAL, Trip, Google Scholar, PsycInfo, PROSPERO, and WHO-ICTRP on April 4, 2018 for randomized controlled trials measuring the effects of comics using previously identified keywords (e.g. “comics”, “comic book”, “manga”, “graphic novel”, “bande dessinée”, etc.). I checked the reference lists of included articles, used a list of articles previously identified and browsed forward citations. Over 40 investigators of randomized trials and key authors with an interest in comics were contacted for further relevant studies. No restrictions were placed on the language, publication status or date of publication when searching the electronic databases. Selection criteria I included randomised controlled trials (RCTs), quasi-randomised controlled trials (quasi-RCTs) and systematic reviews (SRs) of RCTs/quasi-RCTs measuring the effects of reading or viewing comics compared with a) no comics, b) different comics, c) a different version of the same comic or d) written textual documents in children, adolescents and adults. Data collection and analysis I assessed the identified titles and abstracts to determine eligibility. I then retrieved the full-text records of relevant records and verified eligibility. Results Not yet summarized. Conclusions Not yet summarized. Funding No funding was received for this work. Registration: (see March 31, 2018 version) Keywords: comics, comic book, rapid review, randomized controlled trials


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