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Carpe diem
  1. Andrea Cipriani1,2,3
  1. 1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  2. 2 Oxford Precision Psychiatry Lab, Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford, UK
  3. 3 Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Andrea Cipriani, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK;{at}

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Nine years ago, in my first editorial for Evidence-Based Mental Health (EBMH) as editor in chief, I wrote that ‘EBMH should be seen as a tool to engage new generations of psychiatrists and psychologists to develop and implement the evidence-based approach into daily clinical practice.’ I took the job when I moved to Oxford and one of the main reasons why I accepted the challenge of editing this journal was the name of the journal itself. Evidence is anything presented in support of an assertion. Even if ‘evidence’ is not necessarily ‘evident’, be it strong (ideal scenario) or weak (too often the case), evidence is about data (scientific data, possibly!). Evidence can change over the years, but it is the closest we can get to the truth itself when we deal with health-related issues. As a practising psychiatrist, I think that evidence is the only …

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  • Funding AC is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Cognitive Health Clinical Research Facility, by an NIHR Research Professorship (grant RP-2017–08-ST2-006), by the NIHR Oxford and Thames Valley Applied Research Collaboration and by the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (grant BRC-1215–20005).

  • Disclaimer The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the UK National Health Service, the NIHR, or the UK Department of Health.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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