Table 5

Frequency of language forms

 Percentage of utterances for each handover type and study site (total number)
ResuscitationMajorsReferral
ABABABC
Information seeking
 Closed question3.5 (9)11.2 (72)4.8 (46)5.0 (68)8.9 (155)11.1 (156)11.6 (151)
 Open question10.9 (28)1.2 (8)0.9 (9)1.0 (14)5.3 (93)5.1 (72)4.5 (59)
 Clarifying question2.7 (7)3.7 (24)2.5 (24)3.8 (52)1.8 (31)3.3 (46)4.5 (59)
Information giving
 Description61.3 (157)62.7 (404)66.0 (630)65.8 (900)48.2 (840)50.8 (714)45.6 (596)
 Explanation5.5 (14)0.6 (4)1.3 (12)0.7 (10)4.9 (86)2.2 (31)4.6 (60)
 Rationale3.5 (9)1.9 (12)6.1 (58)0.4 (5)2.1 (37)3.3 (46)2.5 (32)
 Directive0.4 (1)5.6 (36)2.3 (22)2.3 (31)0.3 (6)1.1 (15)1.6 (21)
 Context talk0.8 (2)1.2 (8)1.5 (14)5.4 (74)5.3 (93)1.4 (20)2.5 (33)
 Social amenities11.3 (29)10.6 (68)14.7 (140)15.2 (208)16.0 (279)18.1 (254)16.6 (217)
 Decision0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)0.1 (2)2.1 (37)2.2 (31)2.0 (26)
Information verifying
 Read-back0 (0)1.2 (8)0 (0)0.2 (3)4.9 (86)1.4 (20)4.0 (52)