Lessons drawn from research utilization in the maternal iodine supplementation policy development in Thailand

BMC Public Health. 2012 May 30;12:391. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-391.


In this paper, the authors share their experience on evidence utilization in the development of Thailand's maternal iodine supplementation policy in 2009-2010. Observations and reflections on their experience of engaging with research for policymaking are illustrated. The case study indicates that rapid approaches in conducting research, namely a targeted literature review and cross-sectional survey of professionals' opinions and current practices were efficient in achieving the timeliness of evidence provision. In addition pro-activity, trust and interaction between researchers and policymakers enhanced the research-policy integration. The Thai experience may be useful for other developing countries which pursue evidence-informed policymaking, despite differences in the health system context.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Iodine / administration & dosage*
  • Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Nutrition Policy*
  • Policy Making*
  • Pregnancy
  • Thailand


  • Iodine