Intervention for Limited English Proficiency

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, San Francisco, CA
Limited English Proficiency+1 More
Extended translation - Behavioral
All Sexes
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Study Summary

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.

Eligible Conditions

  • Limited English Proficiency
  • Perioperative Care

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

3 Primary · 1 Secondary · Reporting Duration: One week after general anesthesia

One week after general anesthesia
Informed consent success as assessed by Likert scale
Participant satisfaction as assessed by Likert scale
Participant trust as assessed by survey
The day before surgery
Participant anxiety as assessed by the Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

1 of 2
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

20 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Intervention · No Placebo Group · N/A

Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Extended translation · Intervention Types: Behavioral
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Standard translation · Intervention Types: Behavioral

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: one week after general anesthesia
Closest Location: UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion · San Francisco, CA
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2016First Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching Limited English Proficiency
4 CompletedClinical Trials

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 2 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You identify another language other than English as your preferred language.
You have planned general anesthesia.

About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.