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Digital storytelling as a method in health research: a systematic review protocol

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Digital storytelling as a method in health research: a systematic review protocol
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Systematic Reviews, March 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13643-018-0704-y
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Kendra L. Rieger, Christina H. West, Amanda Kenny, Rishma Chooniedass, Lisa Demczuk, Kim M. Mitchell, Joanne Chateau, Shannon D. Scott


Digital storytelling is an arts-based research method with potential to elucidate complex narratives in a compelling manner, increase participant engagement, and enhance the meaning of research findings. This method involves the creation of a 3- to 5-min video that integrates multimedia materials including photos, participant voices, drawings, and music. Given the significant potential of digital storytelling to meaningfully capture and share participants' lived experiences, a systematic review of its use in healthcare research is crucial to develop an in-depth understanding of how researchers have used this method, with an aim to refine and further inform future iterations of its use. We aim to identify and synthesize evidence on the use, impact, and ethical considerations of using digital storytelling in health research. The review questions are as follows: (1) What is known about the purpose, definition, use (processes), and contexts of digital storytelling as part of the research process in health research? (2) What impact does digital storytelling have upon the research process, knowledge development, and healthcare practice? (3) What are the key ethical considerations when using digital storytelling within qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research studies? Key databases and the grey literature will be searched from 1990 to the present for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies that utilized digital storytelling as part of the research process. Two independent reviewers will screen and critically appraise relevant articles with established quality appraisal tools. We will extract narrative data from all studies with a standardized data extraction form and conduct a thematic analysis of the data. To facilitate innovative dissemination through social media, we will develop a visual infographic and three digital stories to illustrate the review findings, as well as methodological and ethical implications. In collaboration with national and international experts in digital storytelling, we will synthesize key evidence about digital storytelling that is critical to the development of methodological and ethical expertise about arts-based research methods. We will also develop recommendations for incorporating digital storytelling in a meaningful and ethical manner into the research process. PROSPERO registry number CRD42017068002 .

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Country Count As %
Unknown 162 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 24 15%
Researcher 21 13%
Student > Master 17 10%
Student > Bachelor 14 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 7%
Other 35 22%
Unknown 39 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 27 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 21 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 17 10%
Arts and Humanities 13 8%
Computer Science 11 7%
Other 31 19%
Unknown 42 26%

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