Table 5

Laughter and personal pronoun usage by type of consultationa

CodeInterpretedEnglishMean difference95% CIP-value
Providers
laughs48–4–7 to –20.004
he, his, him, she, her, hers9478755 to 118<0.001
you, you’ll, your, yours, you’re, you’ve60204–144–199 to –90<0.001
Patients
laughs19–8–12 to –5<0.001
he, his, him, she, her, hers315–12–21 to –40.005
you, you’ll, your, yours, you’re, you’ve540–45–52 to –18<0.001
  • a Numbers show average words per consultation.