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Research surrounding student-developed health care evaluation tool to be presented at annual forum

Washburn University student Brittany Rygaard, of Hiawatha, will present the research poster, "Coleman Care Transition Intervention: Piloted Inter-rater Reliability," at The Washburn Apeiron:  A Forum of Student Research, Scholarship and Creativity on Friday, April 18.

Rygaard is a senior and is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society.

In the research abstract, she noted: "A model based on the Coleman Care Transition Intervention is being implemented in the Topeka area. This project collaboration is between Brewster Place, Stormont Vail HealthCare, St. Francis Hospital and the Washburn University School of Nursing. The goal of implementing this model is to decrease hospital readmission rates by using transition coaches to assist the patients or caregivers in managing and taking responsibility for self-care. This study examines the effectiveness and consistency of the coach and patient relationship."

By piloting a method to assess inter-rater reliability, Rygaard developed a tool to evaluate the performance of the coaches, which will identify key qualities for which employers can look.

This presentation will fulfill a portion of the Washburn Transformational Experience opportunity, for which Rygaard must demonstrate excellence in scholarly and creative activity, community service, leadership or international education. The WTE was established to provide baccalaureate students with the opportunity to make a difference to others or society through enhanced learning designed to complement traditional college studies.

The Apeiron allows students from all disciplines to present their work in an environment that closely resembles the professional conferences and performance venues of their chosen area of study.  Seventy-one students are participating in the forum and entries include poster presentations, oral presentations, exhibitions and performances. To learn more, please visit   


Dena Anson, university relations, 785.670.1711