The strategic programming of research addresses the main issues in palliative and end-of-life care in regards to quality and accessibility. It includes all patients, without regards to age or diagnosis.

We agree with the WHO’s definition of palliative care, namely that they make up: ” an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual”.

Moreover, we adhere to the definitions contained in the Act respecting end-of-life care:

  • Palliative care: “Total and active care delivered by an interdisciplinary team to patients suffering from a disease with reserved prognosis, in order to relieve their suffering, without delaying or hastening death, maintain the best quality of life possible and provide them and their close relations the support they need.”
  • End-of-life care: “Pallative care provided to end-of-life patients and medical aid in dying.”

Thus, our research activities support what is offered in terms of the care and services provided by the health and social services network, community organisations and palliative care hospices.

Research axes

The RQSPAL research programming breaks down into three axes:

Axis 1: Optimise the quality of life of the patient in palliative and end-of-life care

This research is focused on:

  • Clinical and psychosocial research;
  • Symptoms management;
  • Development of better practices of care and treament;
  • Improvement of decision-making.

Axis 2: Integrate and support the close network of the patient into palliative and end-of-life care

This research is focused on:

  • Relatives;
  • Family;
  • Volunteers;
  • Community.

Axis 3: Improve accessibility and equity in the delivery of care and treatment

This research is focused on:

  • Innovations in programs and delivery models;
  • Economic and ethical issues surrounding access and delivery.

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