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Table 3 Recommendations for peer engagement in harm reduction initiatives

From: Peer engagement in harm reduction strategies and services: a critical case study and evaluation framework from British Columbia, Canada

• Create a low barrier, low threshold environment adapted to the context of the peers involved
• Use reflexivity, reflecting and learning from the process
• Define roles and expectations for all stakeholders
• Be conscientious of who is at the table and prioritise traditionally under-represented peer groups (e.g. those from rural and remote communities)
• Develop formal best practice peer engagement guidelines
• Ensure consistency across regions and stakeholders
• Provide support for building and connecting new and existing peer networks
• Make the most of and expand on capacity that has already been built
• Promote ongoing commitment to the process from all stakeholders