Revista argentina de cardiología
versión On-line ISSN 1850-3748
SALAZAR, Adriana I et al. Better Work, Working Better: Are Professional-Related Problems Discussed at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology? Are Physicians Concerned with this Problem?Better Work, Working Better: Are Professional-Related Problems Discussed at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology? Are Physicians Concerned with this Problem?. Rev. argent. cardiol. [online]. 2012, vol.80, n.1, pp. 47-52. ISSN 1850-3748.
Background The big changes produced during the last two decades have produced a reality that requires physicians to reconsider the role they play in their new working scenario. These changes include regulations in health care working, work styles, health organization, use and importance of technology and how the physician is socially considered. The causes are complex and multifactorial, yet they share common elements as worse payment to physicians, an absolute and relative reduction in professional fees and physicians' perception about their own profession. Objectives A "medical problem" is defined as any problematic experience or situation felt by a physician during his/her practice. In the last years, there are plenty of information and several opinions about this matter, in reference to the working conditions of physicians and to their negative self-perception about medical practice. The goal of the present study was to explore if the Argentine Congress of Cardiology dealt with the medical problem. Material and Methods Observational and descriptive study about open-topic sessions and roundtable sessions dealing with the medical problem -and under which field the medical problem was considered- during the past/latest three Argentine Congresses of Cardiology. The following key words were used: working reality, medical practice, burnout, bioethics, ethics and working conditions, among others. Results Of 2254 open topics presented in the three years, 8 (0.35%) dealt with the medical problem. The open topics were considered under "miscellany", psychosocial, medical education or public health fields. Thirteen roundtable sessions were identified and organized by the Committee on Bioethics, the Research Area of the Argentine Society of Cardiology, the CONAREC and the Argentine Cardiology Foundation. Conclusions We found very few roundtable sessions and opened-topic sessions -and without an adequate preestablished conceptual framework- focused on the medical problem. Thus, the medical problem is not considered an important topic of study. Discussion and investigation are convenient to search for arguments and solutions at multiple levels, otherwise it will not be possible to make a diagnosis and treatment of the topic, with the eventual and important future implications.
Palabras clave : Medical Problem; Working Reality; Medical Practice; Burnout; Working Conditions; Medical Education; Social and Economic Factors; Physician; Medical Profession.