Analysts predict that over the next two decades, we will witness some of the most significant disruptions to the workforce and work that we have experienced in centuries.  Demographic and socioeconomic trends such as rapid urbanization and globalization, combined with even faster advances in technology from mobile internet to increased automation and machine learning, are causing dramatic shifts in the way work gets done in our factories, hospitals, schools and offices. The world of work is changing, and how global leaders respond will influence how well we weather the storm.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK—Prescription opioids play a key role in fueling the opioid epidemic. In a new study, 48 primary care physicians and 60 pharmacists were interviewed about how they use PDMPs—online systems that track when patients receive controlled prescription drugs, including opioids, and help uncover instances of misuse or diversion.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK—A recent report suggests that communication between opioid prescribers and pharmacists may not always flow as smoothly as anticipated.

Researchers conducted in-depth individual interviews with 60 pharmacists and 48 primary care physicians across four U.S. states. Analysis of the responses showed that both physicians and pharmacists agreed that some types of communication were generally more positive than others.

The opioid epidemic is growing disproportionately among women. From 1999 through 2016, mortality rates for opioid overdose increased 507% among women, compared to 321% among men, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Deaths related to prescription opioid as well as heroin use increased at nearly twice the rate for women as for men.

“Conducting a survey [to answer a research question] should be the last resort,” said Tom Smith in his keynote presentation at the BigSurv18 Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—RTI International has been chosen by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a task order implementing the Power Africa Beyond the Grid Program to accelerate off-grid electrification in sub-Saharan Africa and contribute to Power Africa’s goal to double electricity access in the region by 2030.

While machine learning applications for classifying data items like tweets or news articles have recently experienced tremendous growth, the process of building a labeled training dataset for these methods continues to be a tremendous challenge. A quality labeled training dataset is critical for machine learning. It is the foundation an algorithm uses to learn to classify future data items. Yet human coders must often expend considerable amounts of time and resources to build this dataset, and it can be even more challenging to ensure consistency between human coders.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—Following a nationwide call for ideas and a day-long Misinformation Solutions Forum at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., three multidisciplinary teams have been named as winners of the first Misinformation Solution Prizes. They will receive a total of $100,000 in grants to fuel development of novel ideas to reduce the spread of misinformation and minimize its influence.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (November 12, 2018)— RTI International has been recognized as a Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity organization for 2019.

Military Friendly® is the standard that measures an organization's commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community. The designation follows on the heels of RTI’s recent recognition as a Military Friendly® Employer for creating meaningful employment opportunities for the military community.

Too often in the United States, patients are admitted into a health care facility for routine treatment, expecting routine outcomes. They may be cautioned by their healthcare team about the potential for a negative outcome resulting from an infection, but they do not anticipate that it could happen to them.