There is a critical need to improve the quality of care we provide for children at the end of their lives. Rigorous, prospective clinical research is required, and it is this type of investigation we are focused on.

The Thienprayoon research lab seeks to define, benchmark and improve outcomes and processes in pediatric hospice care to decrease suffering in children who die in hospice care. Our current interests include establish quality metrics in pediatric hospice care, to allow all hospices to benchmark the care they provide, and ultimately to increase the quality of hospice care provided to children nationally.


Rachel Thienprayoon, MD, MSCS.Rachel Thienprayoon, MD, MSCS, is a pediatrician, associate professor and the Medical Director of StarShine Hospice and Palliative Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the nation’s only hospice programs focusing exclusively on pediatric home-based palliative and end of life care (HBPELC). She earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Sciences from UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2015. In 2016, she completed the Cincinnati Children's James Anderson Center for Health System’s Excellence Quality Scholars Program. In 2019 she became a member of the board of directors of the Palliative Care Quality Collaborative. Her primary area of research is defining, benchmarking and improving outcomes and processes in pediatric HBPELC - delivering high standards while tailoring care to individual patient’s needs.