The Réseau québécois de recherche en soins palliatifs et de fin de vie (RQSPAL) is a group of 250 researchers, administrators, research staff and students from all of Quebec’s universities. Its goal is to provide structure and increase research capability, to achieve objectives of knowledge diffusion and transfer, and to play a scientific watchdog role in palliative and end-of-life care.
Founded in May 2017, the RQSPAL enables the implementation of the Development Plan for Palliative and End-of-life Care (2020-2022), developed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and, therefore, contributes to equitable access to quality palliative care in settings chosen by patients and their families.
The RQSPAL is the largest collaboration of researchers in palliative and end-of-life care in Canada. It has a total of 67 regular members, 73 partner members and over 150 students.