Mission and values

The Réseau québécois de recherche en soins palliatifs et de fin de vie (RQSPAL) has for mission to significantly contribute, through research and knowledge transfer activities, to the improvement of the quality, accessibility and equity of care offered to people suffering from any incurable potentially fatal illness.

Primarily concerned with the quality of life of the sick person and his or her family, the RQSPAL has for mission to consider the overall trajectory of care received by the patient, from diagnosis to end of life and grief. The scientific projects of the RQSPAL aim to support the mobilisation of the community and the engagement of patients in the research process, as well as to promote the emergence of organisations and environments coherent with the palliative care philosophy.

The deployment of the RQSPAL and the updating of its mission are guided and inspired by values of integrity, collaboration, excellence, scientific rigor and humanism.


To develop research in palliative and end-of-life care by furthering knowledge and practices, as well as through knowledge transfer.


Our vision is that of a research collaboration strongly supported by the community and the organisations served, known for its values and its commitment to patients, their families, the community, organisations and society. Through the production of scientific knowledge and its tranfer, the network significantly influences the development and the organisation of palliative and end-of-life services in Quebec. The network ensures provincial, national and international leadership in innovation and the development of the best practices in palliative and end-of-life care.


  1. To provide a scientific community in Quebec that brings together the active forces of research around a unifying project and that optimises synergy between the different stakeholders through consensus-building activities;
  2. To perform structuring initiatives for enhancing research capacity, including a qualified succession, around targeted priorities;
  3. To optimise exchanges and relationships within the research community in palliative and end-of-life care and within the general public thanks to the deployment of knowledge transfer strategies. These include knowledge diffusion and exchange activities;
  4. To optimise and develop the sharing of common research resources.

Le RQSPAL est soutenu financièrement par le Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé.