Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
versión impresa ISSN 1137-6627
In this article, the authors explore the factors that, in their opinion, currently explain the complexity of emergency care in Spain. Since the start of the XXI century, and in spite of the fact that accident and emergency medicine in the world is undergoing considerable scientific-technical progress, accident and emergency care in Spain is immersed in a care maelstrom acting on a terrain that is ill-prepared for the successive emergent technological advances to take root and develop. This problem is due to the persistence of numerous obstacles preventing progress, with the lack of specialisation and the corporative spirit of the management boards of some scientific societies playing a principal and direct role in this. Due to all of this, advances are frequently achieved more through inertia, or through the overflow of information from other disciplines, than due to the initiative of the professionals of emergency medicine in Spain. Similarly, there is a growing tendency amongst these professionals to move to other disciplines or fields of care that offer better working conditions or simply better professional expectations.
Palabras clave : Emergency care; Management; Care complexity; Health care.