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Table 6 Theoretical Domains Framework Definitions

From: Improving transitions in care for children with complex and medically fragile needs: a mixed methods study

TDF domain Definition
Knowledge “An awareness of the existence of something” (p.88)
Skills “An ability or proficiency acquire through practice” (p.88)
Memory, attention and decision processes “The ability to retain information, focus selectively on aspects of the environment and choose between two or more alternatives” (p.88)
Behavioural regulation “Anything aimed at managing or changing objectively observed or measured actions” (p.88)
Social/professional role and identity “A coherent set of behaviours and displayed personal qualities of an individual in a social or work setting” (p.89)
Beliefs about capabilities “Acceptance of the truth, reality, or validity about an ability, talent, or facility that a person can put to constructive use” (p.89)
Optimism “The confidence that things will happen for the best or that desired goals will be attained” (p.89)
Beliefs about consequences “Acceptance of the truth, reality, or validity about outcomes of a behaviour or a resolve to act in a certain way” (p.89)
Intentions “A conscious decision to perform a behaviour or a resolve to act in a certain way” (p.89)
Goals “Mental representations of outcomes or end states that an individual wants to achieve” (p.89)
Reinforcement “Increasing the probability of a response by arranging a dependent relationship, or contingency, between the response and a given stimulus” (p.89)
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” (p.89)
Environmental context and resources “Any circumstance of a person’s situation or environment that discourages or encourages the development of skills and abilities, independent, social competence, and adaptive behaviour” (p.90)
Social influences “Those interpersonal processes that can cause individual to change their thoughts, feelings, or behaviours” (p.90)
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