AIM: to review question types and question formation.
INTRODUCTION: Questions are an important component of a doctor's communication toolbox. Accurate formation of questions promotes effective interaction and comprehension.
Question words indicate the kind of information that is sought in a question.
how + ?
how often/many times
what + ?
which + ?
The meaning of a question can change depending on the verb form that is used. Inaccurate use of verb forms can lead to ambiguous or confusing exchanges. Examples of three verb forms:
|Do you usually take any medication for your asthma?||PRESENT SIMPLE = in general; do + infinitive|
|Have you tried paracetamol as an alternative?||PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE = at any time in the past up till now; have + past participle|
|Were you taking any other prescription drugs at the same time?||PAST CONTINUOUS = around a particular time in the past; was/were + -ing form|
Open and closed questions are a common feature of medical consultations. Open questions usually start with a 'question word' (e.g. what, when) and encourage an information-rich response. Closed questions are more specific; they can usually be answered with yes or no.
|How long have you lived with your current partner?
– Oh, about a year or so.
Who's at home with you?
– Well, I live with my mum and two brothers but I don't see them much.
|Are you still feeling tired? – Yes, absolutely exhausted.
Have you ever smoked? – No, not really.
INSTRUCTIONS: Drag and drop the appropriate ending from the box below to match the question beginning.