This paper is an account of the potential therapeutic impact of research interviews encountered while conducting a qualitative research study. Similarities between the therapeutic (or psychoanalytic) interview and the qualitative research interview are discussed and explored, with examples drawn from a current study. It is suggested that, as a listener, the nurse researcher may offer the participant a mechanism for reflection, greater self-awareness, finding a voice, obtaining information, and venting repressed emotions. Within the context of cancer the participant might have multiple care and information needs to which he/she may expect a therapeutic interaction from a nurse researcher. The potential therapeutic component of the nurse researcher role in the context of cancer care is described and considered. The paper suggests that there may be positive and negative aspects of a therapeutic component to the researcher role and that the researcher should think carefully concerning the stance that he/she will take in the field
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