Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/EBN-2011-100208
  • Child health
  • Cross-sectional study

UK survey finds that 69% of a sample of teenage schoolgirls have some degree of iodine deficiency

  1. Steven Boyages
  1. Department of NSW, Clinical Education and Training Institute, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Steven Boyages
    Department of NSW, Clinical Education and Training Institute, Sydney, NSW 2124, Australia; steve.boyages{at}

Commentary on:

Implications for nursing practice and research

  • Nurses need to understand the importance of iodine for normal thyroid physiology.

  • Nurses need to be aware that teenage schoolgirls may have some degree of iodine deficiency and, if this is the case, provide appropriate dietary advice.

  • Further research is needed to test the relationship of urine iodine levels to clinical outcome measures such as thyroid size measured as total goiter prevalence.

  • Future studies should examine at population outcome measures of thyroid function and size.


Iodine is an essential micronutrient for the production of thyroid hormones. In states of low-iodine intake, the …

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