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Outcomes and Cost Effectiveness of a Respiratory Coordinated Care Program in Patients with Severe or Very Severe COPD  [PDF]
Shahila Aslam, Johnathan Man, Jason Behary, John Riskallah, Saidul Ansary, Benjamin CH Kwan
Open Journal of Respiratory Diseases (OJRD) , 2016, DOI: 10.4236/ojrd.2016.63008
Abstract: Multidisciplinary community coordinated care programs are widely adopted to optimise care of chronic disease patients, but there is a need for further evaluation in the setting of COPD. This observational study evaluated 147 patients with severe or very severe COPD who were enrolled in a multidisciplinary community respiratory coordinated care program (RCCP) from 2007 to 2012. Comparison was made of hospitalisation rates and length of stay for 12 months prior to joining the program, and the first 12 months after joining the program. This data was used to inform a cost analysis. Enrolment into RCCP halved the annual hospital admission rate from 1.18 to 0.57 admissions per year (relative risk reduction 51.4%, p < 0.001), and annual total length of stay was reduced from 8.06 to 3.59 days per patient per year (p < 0.001). Hospital admissions were reduced from 5.05 days to 2.00 days (p < 0.001). Accounting for the program’s costs, these changes resulted in a $US 906.94 ($AUD 972.80) cost saving per patient per year. A RCCP program can reduce patient hospitalisation and overall costs in the COPD setting.
A study on the relationship between extroversion-introversion and risk-taking in the context of second language acquisition
Zafar, Shahila,Meenakshi, K.
International Journal of Research Studies in Language Learning , 2012,
Abstract: Two of the most examined dimensions of personality that have an affective influence on language learning are extroversion-introversion and risk-taking. In the paper we first define and look at the different studies conducted to examine the relationship between the two factors and second language acquisition (SLA). Results show that extroverts seem to take full advantage of language-use opportunities as they tend to be sociable, and are more likely to join groups, more inclined to engage in conversations both inside and outside the classroom. However, results have also concluded that a more introverted personality may be better suited to classroom learning, especially reading and writing skills. Risk takers; who are believed to be inherently extroverts, are more likely to take their existing language system to the limit. Such learners are more likely to change and more resistant to fossilization. Language proficiency is influenced directly by classroom participation which reflects, among other things, the contributing influences of risk-taking.
Review of PhD Theses on the Role of Personality in SLA
Shahila Zafar,K. Meenakshi
English Language and Literature Studies , 2012, DOI: 10.5539/ells.v2n1p94
Abstract: Individual variability of second language learners is considered one of the most important factors in the second language acquisition. This paper discusses the PhD level research conducted in the area in various universities. In all, the different personality variables like empathy, self- esteem, anxiety and extroversion/ introversion are defined first. This is followed by a discussion on five theses that deal with the different aspects of relationships between a second language learner’s personality and his/ her proficiency in the second language. A summary of the work done by the researcher, the methodologies used, conclusions reached, is given.
The Images of White Womanhood in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Shahila Zafar,Zaved Ahmed Khan
Studies in Literature and Language , 2010,
Abstract: Black women’s literature especially, slave narratives, are generally considered as a resistance against the white male hegemony. But, if we go deep into it we notice, woven in the intricate weave of the narrative, the stories of the white women as well. Complex relationships between black and white women and between white men and white women are depicted in these records of American history. The present paper is an analysis the relationship of the white women to their circumstances as depicted in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. Incidents is a compelling true story about the physical and psychological oppression of the black slave women in the south but it is also a story that breaks many a myth about the southern white women as well.
Experimental Study on Flexural Behaviour of Concrete Filled Steel Box Members  [PDF]
Aslam Amirahmad
Open Journal of Civil Engineering (OJCE) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ojce.2014.41005

Recently, the use of composite structures composed of steel plate and in filled concrete has become increasingly popular in Civil engineering structures. This is because of their excellent earthquake resistant properties such as energy absorption capacity. In the present investigation, an experimental study has been carried out. The main objective of this study is to find out the ultimate moment carrying capacity of concrete filled steel box members (CFSB).

Use of Geospatial Technology for Assessment of Waterlogging & Salinity Conditions in the Nara Canal Command Area in Sindh, Pakistan  [PDF]
Kashif Aslam, Sajid Rashid, Rashid Saleem, Rana Muhammad Sohail Aslam
Journal of Geographic Information System (JGIS) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/jgis.2015.74035
Abstract: Agriculture is being main stay of Pakistan economy and it’s very significant to monitor the existing agricultural areas and its changes, due to different aspects like salinity and waterlogging, which reduce the fertility of agricultural lands adversely. Managing salinity so as to minimize its environmental impact is a prerequisite for the long-term sustainability of irrigated agriculture. It is ironic that the irrigated areas are those that are afflicted most by the twin menaces of waterlogging and salinity. Geospatial technology was used to assess the waterlogging and salinity condition in Nara canal command area, during the last two surveys conducted in years 1977-1981 and 2001- 2003 respectively. After analyzing the results in detail, we obtain a clear relationship among salt affected soils, and waterlogged areas reveal that 0.2% to 1.25% of salt affected areas fall under the shallow zone with high water table. The spatial distribution of water table shows various trends among the water tables, and the surface salinity of surface saline areas has been increased due to waterlogging caused by unmanaged spatial drainage system.
Turbulent Flow Simulations through Tarbela Dam  [PDF]
Muhammad Abid, Adnan Aslam Noon
Engineering (ENG) , 2010, DOI: 10.4236/eng.2010.27067
Abstract: Tarbela dam is one of the largest earth filled dam in the world. The sediments inflow in the Tarbela reservoir has resulted in reduction in water storage capacity. In addition damage to the tunnels, power generating units and ultimately to the plant equipment by the sediments particles carried by water is observed. To the authors knowledge, to-date no comprehensive simulation studies are performed for this dam reservoir and tunnels, especially at present when sediment delta and presence of sediment particles in the tunnels is observed to a reasonable extent. The aim of this study is to investigate the damage to the Tunnel 2 of the Tarbela Dam with and without considering the affect of sediment particles for one way and two way/full coupling during summer, winter and average seasons, using turbulent flows of water. Numerically calculated erosion results are compared with the experimental erosion results. Pressure, velocity and erosion rate density results are discussed in detail.
CdS Nanoparticles with a Thermoresponsive Polymer: Synthesis and Properties
Aslam Khan
Journal of Nanomaterials , 2012, DOI: 10.1155/2012/451506
Abstract: This paper describes the synthesis of thermoresponsive colloidal nanocomposites based on CdS and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide). The CdS nanoparticles were prepared at room temperature from cadmium chloride and sodium sulfide salts in the presence of an organic ligand, 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA). The as-prepared MPA-bound CdS nanoparticles were stable for more than 30 days and exhibited good optical properties. The effect of various ratios of MPA/Cd2
Prioritizing Investment in Medical Education
Fawad Aslam
PLOS Medicine , 2006, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030159
Utilization of Pollen Irradiation Technique for the Improvement of G. hirsutum L.
M. Aslam
Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences , 2000,
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