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BMC Public Health. 2012; 12: 391.
Published online May 30, 2012. doi:  10.1186/1471-2458-12-391
PMCID: PMC3490728
Lessons drawn from research utilization in the maternal iodine supplementation policy development in Thailand
Utsana Tonmukayakul,1 Román Pérez Velasco,corresponding author1 Sripen Tantivess,1 and Yot Teerawattananon1
1Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), 6th floor, 6th Building, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, Tiwanon Road, Muang, Nonthaburi, 11000, Thailand
corresponding authorCorresponding author.
Utsana Tonmukayakul: utsana.t/at/hitap.net; Román Pérez Velasco: romanperezvelasco/at/gmail.com; Sripen Tantivess: sripen.t/at/hitap.net; Yot Teerawattananon: yot.t/at/hitap.net
Received November 30, 2011; Accepted May 30, 2012.
Abstract
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.
Keywords: Iodine deficiency disorders, Dietary supplementation, Pregnancy, Policy development, Health policy, Research utilization, Case study, Rapid review, Thailand
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