Table 1

Demographic characteristics of the participants

PseudonymAgeSexUnderlying health condition leading to impairment
Sue56–65FMultiple sclerosis
Mary56–65FPhocomelia
Bob56–65MHeart disease, asthma
Gavin56–65MBrain damage, heart disease
Kathryn56–65FHemiplegia as a result of brain haemorrhage
Matthew46–55MParaplegia
Jane (partner)56–65FTetraplegia as a result of spinal cord injury
Margot56–65FBack injury
Daniel66–75MHeart disease
Lisa66–75FBack injury
Gregor66–75MBack injury, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Terry56–65MNeuropathy
Stuart35–45MOsteoarthritis
Emma56–65FFibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, back injury
Lauren56–65FCerebral palsy and arthritis
Sandra56–65FHemiplegia as a result of brain haemorrhage, Meniere’s disease
Robert (partner)56–65MVasculitis
Judith46–55FMobility impairment as a result of brain haemorrhage, arthritis