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 quality measurement in pediatric hospice and palliative care. Yet the delivery of high-quality healthcare relies on a healthy and focused clinical workforce. With that in mind, in 2020 our lab shifted our focus to measuring and improving clinician experiences in healthcare. Our goal is to help clinicians craft sustainable, meaningful careers in which they are resourced to provide exceptionally compassionate care to patients.


Rachel Thienprayoon, MD, MSCS.Rachel Thienprayoon, MD, MSCSis a pediatrician, clinical researcher, quality improvement expert and associate professor of anesthesia and pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 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.  In 2020 she was named a co-Chair of the Pediatric Palliative Care Task Force, a project of the National Coalition of Hospice and Palliative Care, and in 2022 she was named Chair.  Her work in quality in pediatric hospice and palliative care led her to her current research focus, which is in improving clinician experiences in healthcare to create sustainable, meaningful careers.  Specifically, she is an emerging leader in defining and measuring clinician experiences of compassion within healthcare organizations and teams.