Lessons drawn from research utilization in the maternal iodine supplementation policy development in Thailand
Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP), 6th floor, 6th Building, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, Tiwanon Road, Muang, Nonthaburi, 11000, Thailand
BMC Public Health 2012, 12:391 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-391Published: 30 May 2012
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.