for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Thanh-Giang Vu, MD (ucsf)



Patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) are at significant risk of receiving care different from those who are English proficient. Through Translating Anesthetic Care Throughout (TACT), the investigators aim to reduce the disparities experienced by participants with LEP undergoing anesthesia by continuing language translation from the preoperative area into the operating room, where participants will be better able to understand what is happening in an otherwise foreign environment. At this time, some participants receive translation in the preoperative area using an interpreter. No further translation is provided beyond the preoperative area unless there is a provider with language concordance or interpretation skills within the perioperative team. The investigators plan to study how extended translation changes a participant's understanding of and feelings about the perioperative period. Supporting language translation for LEP participants from the preoperative area into their operating room (OR) experience will enable providers to better understand how to care for participants from different cultural and language backgrounds and will help us understand how to better serve our community at large. The investigators hypothesize that participants who receive continual translation will have improved informed consent, have improved trust of their anesthesia providers, and be more satisfied with patient care. In addition, they anticipate that the care team also will benefit by the enhanced communication with the participant.

Official Title

Translating Anesthetic Care Throughout: A Feasibility Randomized Trial


Limited English Proficiency, Perioperative Care, Extended translation


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Participants who identify another language other than English as their preferred language
  • Participants with planned general anesthesia

You CAN'T join if...

  • Participants whose preferred language is documented as English
  • Participants with planned sedation or monitored anesthesia care


  • UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94115 United States

Lead Scientist at University of California Health


accepting new patients
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University of California, San Francisco
Study Type
Expecting 50 study participants
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