This article provides a conceptual definition of the concept trigger within the context of health behaviors and applies it to the highly significant health issue of obesity. Healthy behaviors are essential to life and happiness, but they do not just happen. They are triggered, and an inner drive keeps them alive. To help patients gain and retain optimal health, nurses must understand the triggers of healthy behaviors. Walker and Avant’s (2011) method of concept analysis is used as the basis for defining the concept of trigger. The antecedents, defining attributes, and consequences of trigger are identified. Findings suggest that nurses can play a role in triggering health behavior change through simple motivational efforts.


This is the author's accepted manuscript, published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license. Final version/formal publication can be found at: DOI: 10.1891/1078-4535.23.2.82.



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Gipson, C. S. (2016). Triggers and their Influence on Health Behaviors. Creative Nursing, 23(2), 82–87.

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