This report was edited by Eduardo Sabaté, WHO Medical Officer responsible for coordinating the WHO Adherence to Long-term Therapies Project, Noncommunicable Diseases department.
Deep appreciation is due to Rafael Bengoa, who envisioned the project and shaped the most crucial elements of the report, Derek Yach, who provided consistent support, intellectual stimulation and leadership to the project and Silvana De Castro, who provided valuable assistance with the many bibliographical reviews and with the writing of specific sections of this report.
Special appreciation goes to the scientific writers who provided their ideas and the material for the report. Their dedication and voluntary contributions have been central to this work. Thanks are also due to all the participants from WHO and the Global Adherence Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN) who by their continuous involvement and input during the planning, resource collection and writing phases of this project have given breadth and depth to the report.
Special thanks go to Steve Hotz for his intellectual support and hard work in helping to integrate the information on behavioural knowledge and its practical implications. Several international professional associations, in particular the International Society of Behavioural Medicine, the International Council of Nurses, the International Union of Psychological Sciences, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, and the World Organization of Family Doctors have played an important role in providing moral support and valuable input to the report.
Thanks are also due to Susan Kaplan, who edited the final text, and Tushita Bosonet, who was responsible for the artistic design.
The production of this report was made possible through the generous financial support of the governements of United Kingdom, Finland, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.