In-depth interviews with patients: dilemmas and possibilities
Department for child and adolescent mental health Sorlandet hospital Kristiansand, Norway
Several questions arise when patients act as participants in research projects. Juggling different professional roles simultaneously, for example acting like both therapist and researcher, is one challenge. Demands directed at the various roles can influence data collection and analysis as hidden biases. There are also important ethical issues to be considered when inviting patients as informants or participants in research projects. One of them is whether it is right to expose them to research when they are in a vulnerable situation. Another matter is the question of time and interest. One can assume that a therapist in a research situation has more time to spend and is more dedicated than a therapist in a daily routine situation. These dilemmas will be discussed and solutions and strengths willl be outlined.