The Réseau québécois de recherche en soins palliatifs et de fin de vie (RQSPAL) is a group of 200 researchers, administrators, research staff and students from all of Quebec’s universities. Its goal is to provide structure and increase reasearch capacity, to achieve the objectives of knowledges diffusion and transfer, and to play a scientific watchdog role in palliative and end-of-life care.
It enables the implementation of the Development Plan 2015-2020 for Palliative and End-of-life Care that was developed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services. This plan will contribute to equitable access to palliative care in life settings chosen by patients and their families.
The RQSPAL is the biggest collaboration of researchers in palliative care in Canada. It has a total of 52 regular members, 55 associate members and more than 80 students.