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Table 1 Theoretical domains framework (TDF) domains and associated definitions

From: Understanding perceived determinants of nurses’ eating and physical activity behaviour: a theory-informed qualitative interview study

Domain Definition
Memory, attention and decision processes The ability to retain information, focus selectively on aspects of the environment, and choose between two or more alternatives
Knowledge An awareness of the existence of something
Skills An ability or proficiency acquired through practice
Social Influences Those interpersonal processes that can cause an individual to change their thoughts, feelings, or behaviours
Optimism The confidence that things will happen for the best, or that desired goals will be attained
Social/professional role and identity A coherent set of behaviours and displayed personal qualities of an individual in a social or work setting
Beliefs about capabilities Acceptance of the truth, reality, or validity about an ability, talent, or facility that a person can put to constructive use
Beliefs about consequences Acceptance of the truth, reality, or validity about outcomes of a behaviour in a given situation
Reinforcement Increasing the probability of a response by arranging a dependent relationship, or contingency, between the response and a given stimulus
Intentions A conscious decision to perform a behaviour or a resolve to act in a certain way
Goals Mental representation of outcomes or end states that an individual wants to achieve
Environmental context and resources Any circumstance of a person’s situation or environment that discourages or encourages the development of skills and abilities, independence, social competence, and adaptive behaviour
Behavioural regulation Anything aimed at managing or changing objectively observed or measured actions
Emotion A complex reaction pattern, involving experiential, behavioural, and physiological elements, by which the individual attempts to deal with a personally significant matter or event