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Including people who use drugs in the development and delivery of harm reduction programs, services, and drug policy: a scoping review of the literature

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dc.contributor.author Wojcik, Sarah Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-04T02:39:05Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-04T02:39:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2021 en_US
dc.date.issued 2021-05-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/12937
dc.description.abstract Background: People who use drugs (PWUD) are disproportionately burdened by rates of HIV and Hepatitis C, more likely to experience stigma, social exclusion, and as a result, have poorer health outcomes. To mitigate these inequities in health, people with lived experience of drug use are, and should be, included in decisions that affect them. There is evidence that including PWUD in the development and delivery of harm reduction programs, services, and drug policy ensures such initiatives addresses their needs most effectively. As such, the purpose of this thesis is to present the findings of a scoping review of the peer-reviewed literature examining the involvement of people who use drugs (PWUD) in the development and delivery of harm reduction programs, services, and drug policy. Methods: Scoping reviews represent an increasingly popular method used to review the literature of a particular topic. It is a process of summarizing, or ‘mapping’, a range of evidence in order to convey the breadth and depth of a particular field. This scoping review implemented a search strategy focused on three categories: search terms that describe ‘peer engagement’, search terms that describe ‘substance use’ and finally search terms that describe ‘harm reduction programs/services/policy’. Searches of five academic electronic databases were conducted. Peer-reviewed literature published between 2010 and 2020 that discussed the involvement of PWUD in the development and/or delivery of harm reduction programs, services, or drug policy was included in the scoping review. Results: The search strategy produced a total of 1902 references. After duplicates were removed, thirty-two references met the inclusion criteria and were included for analysis. This scoping review identified five characteristics from each study: 1) type of study, 2) location of study, 3) year of publication, 4) type of engagement/participation, and 5) peer roles. Conclusion: One critical finding of this scoping review is the highest level of participation among PWUD was achieved when drug-user organizations were involved. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Social inclusion en_US
dc.subject Health equity en_US
dc.subject Harm reduction en_US
dc.subject People who use drugs en_US
dc.subject Peer engagement en_US
dc.subject Scoping review en_US
dc.title Including people who use drugs in the development and delivery of harm reduction programs, services, and drug policy: a scoping review of the literature en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Pauly, Bernie
dc.contributor.supervisor Roth, Eric Abella
dc.degree.department Program: Social Dimensions of Health en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science M.Sc. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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