Joelle Robertson-Preidler publishes commentary in Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice

By Angela Gomez, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
August 4, 2023

Newest Center faculty member, Joelle Robertson-Preidler, PhD, co-authored a recent commentary with Holland Kaplan, MD, in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. The piece, entitled “‘But my mom still blinks when I talk to her.’ Understanding the concept of social death to avoid bias and improve goals-of-care discussions at the end of life,” discusses the complexities of end-of-life decisions. Robertson-Preidler and Kaplan suggest a need to understand the concept of “social death” and how it may help clarify the role of patients’ social interactions in decision-making as well as disagreements about the goals of care for patients near the end of life.