The Impact of Ethical and Legal Decision-Making in Neonatal Intensive Care
on Psychosocial Wellbeing of the Health Care Professionals: 
The Overview of the HUNIC Project Study Design
Helga Judit FEITH Contact / Kontakt / Kapcsolat, Zsuzsanna SOÓSNÉ KISS, János PILLING, Aranka KOVÁCS, Miklós SZABÓ, 
Marina CUTTINI, István BERBIK, András GÉZSI & Edina GRADVOHL
EJMH Vol 14 Issue 2 (2019) 311-323;
Received: 18 October 2018; accepted: 15 June 2019; online date: 10 December 2019
Section: Short Communication
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The paper introduces the multidisciplinary HUNIC project, which is partly based on the EURONIC study. The objective of the HUNIC study is to assess the attitude and opinion of healthcare providers in Hungarian NICUs about end-of-life decisions, the decision-making process, parental communication, to analyse the differences between HUNIC results in 2015-2016 and EURONIC results in 1996-1997, to compare the attitudes of neonatologists and neonatal nurses, and to identify factors that might affect those attitudes and opinions. A further important objective of the HUNIC study is to compare these attitudes and opinions of neonatal care providers with their personal work experience, educational background in the bioethics field, social support, work and life satisfaction, burnout, health behaviour and psychosocial health. This paper aims to present the methodology of an extensive, complex, and multidisciplinary survey (HUNIC) within the framework of the EURONIC.


neonatal intensive care, ethics, end-of-life decision making, well-being of health workers, study design

Corresponding author

Dr. Helga Judit FEITH
Semmelweis Egyetem Egészségtudományi Kar
H-1088 Budapest Vas u. 17.


Zsuzsanna SOÓSNÉ KISS: Semmelweis Egyetem, Egészségtudományi Kar; Hungary

Dr. János PILLING: Semmelweis Egyetem, Magatartástudományi Intézet; Hungary

Dr. Aranka KOVÁCS: Semmelweis Egyetem, Egészségtudományi Kar; Hungary

Dr. Miklós SZABÓ: Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar; Hungary

Marina CUTTINI: Unit of Epidemiology, Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù, Roma; Italy

Dr. István BERBIK: Vaszary Kolos Kórház Esztergom; Hungary

Dr. András GÉZSI: Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar; Hungary

Edina GRADVOHL: Semmelweis Egyetem, Egészségtudományi Kar; Hungary