[Ads-l] transitive consent (not in OED)

Charles C Rice charles.rice at LOUISIANA.EDU
Fri Apr 28 15:41:15 UTC 2023

Government docs was my guess for best source--this whole field takes their cues from funding agencies whose approval they need. But searching this is a real bear; my first attempts were to search it with an object--even "consent subjects" yielded mostly examples of "... consent; subjects did such and such". A parsed DB of government health docs would be nice....

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Searching a comprehensive medical journal database or psychology journal database would probably be a good strategy to find early instances of this interesting usage, but I do not have access to such databases.
Here is a 2004 match (after your 2001 match).

Date: 01 Mar 2004
Journal: Neurology, 62(6):888-890
Article: Ethical consideration of incidental findings on adult brain MRI in research.
Authors: Illes J1, Rosen AC, Huang L, Goldstein RA, Raffin TA, Swan G, Atlas SW
DOI: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000118531.90418.89 PMID: 15037687 PMCID: PMC1506751

[Begin excerpt]
Examination of explicit differences in the language used to consent participants was not a focus of the present study.
[End excerpt]


On Fri, Apr 28, 2023 at 10:50 AM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> The Dana Farber Cancer Institute document you linked seems to have a
> date of March 22, 2023. Maybe I am misreading the document, or perhaps
> there is another document dated 2001?
> Garson
> On Fri, Apr 28, 2023 at 12:56 AM Charles C Rice
> <charles.rice at louisiana.edu> wrote:
> >
> > From a training module I am doing:
> > "Depending on institutional procedures, alleged noncompliance (for example, not following the study protocol, not consenting subjects appropriately, etc.) may be addressed at convened meetings."
> > As best I can tell, to consent a subject is to obtain (written) informed consent from a subject. Elsewhere in the document is mentioned "The recruitment and consenting processes." I suppose that if "recruitment" means 'to recruit people' then "consenting" means 'to consent people'.
> >
> > OED has 3 transitive consents, (1) one that takes a clause or infinitive complement; (2) an obsolete usage from Piers Plowman, to agree to give (something) _to_ someone; and (3) to agree or allow something: The Trustees consented it (= consented to it), or here is one from Milton: Interpreters upon that passage in Hosea will not consent it to be a true story.
> >
> > The earliest example I found on Google was from a 2001 document out of the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center:
> > "This document is not to be used to consent subjects. Subjects must only be consented using consent documents posted to OncPro."
> > The same letter provided this gem:
> > "The DFCI IRB will consider an investigator or sponsor determination to inform or re-consent subjects but..."
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