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[August 2018 Status: On Hold]
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
To evaluate the effects of reading or viewing comics in children, adolescents and adults.
I searched Pubmed, CINAHL, EMBASE, CisMeF, CENTRAL, Trip, Google Scholar, PsycInfo,
PROSPERO, Clinicaltrials.gov 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.
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.
Not yet summarized.
Not yet summarized.
No funding was received for this work.
Registration: https://osf.io/hmtkp/ (see March 31, 2018 version)
Keywords: comics, comic book, rapid review, randomized controlled trials