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The new field of 'precision psychiatry'

Fernandes, Brisa S, Williams, Leanne M, Steiner, Johann, Leboyer, Marion, Carvalho, André F and Berk, Michael 2017, The new field of 'precision psychiatry', BMC medicine, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0849-x.

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Title The new field of 'precision psychiatry'
Author(s) Fernandes, Brisa SORCID iD for Fernandes, Brisa S orcid.org/0000-0002-3797-7582
Williams, Leanne M
Steiner, Johann
Leboyer, Marion
Carvalho, André F
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael orcid.org/0000-0002-5554-6946
Journal name BMC medicine
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Article ID 80
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-04
ISSN 1741-7015
Keyword(s) Big data
Biomarkers
Omics
Personalised medicine
Precision medicine
Precision psychiatry
Research domain criteria
Systems biology
Humans
Psychiatry
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER
IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE
MEDICINE
NEUROSCIENCE
PROJECT
BIAS
Summary BACKGROUND: Precision medicine is a new and important topic in psychiatry. Psychiatry has not yet benefited from the advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies that form an integral part of other clinical specialties. Thus, the vision of precision medicine as applied to psychiatry - 'precision psychiatry' - promises to be even more transformative than in other fields of medicine, which have already lessened the translational gap.

DISCUSSION: Herein, we describe 'precision psychiatry' and how its several implications promise to transform the psychiatric landscape. We pay particular attention to biomarkers and to how the development of new technologies now makes their discovery possible and timely. The adoption of the term 'precision psychiatry' will help propel the field, since the current term 'precision medicine', as applied to psychiatry, is impractical and does not appropriately distinguish the field. Naming the field 'precision psychiatry' will help establish a stronger, unique identity to what promises to be the most important area in psychiatry in years to come.

CONCLUSION: In summary, we provide a wide-angle lens overview of what this new field is, suggest how to propel the field forward, and provide a vision of the near future, with 'precision psychiatry' representing a paradigm shift that promises to change the landscape of how psychiatry is currently conceived.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12916-017-0849-x
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
11 Medical And Health Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30094329

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