Profiles - Disease duration 26 years plus
Retired electrical engineer, married with 4 adult children.
Retired (on health grounds) chef. Separated, living on own, 3 children.
Senior manager in bank working full time shifts. Married with 2 adult children.
Housewife (previously secretary), married with 3 children (one born since RA diagnosis) and 2 step children.
Full time Network Manager for arthritis charity, single, no children.
Tara - Interview 53
Tara is married with two young children. She was diagnosed shortly after her first child was born. She says that she and her husband experienced both parenthood and rheumatoid arthritis in one go. Ethnic background/nationality' White British.
Christine - Interview 64
Married, with two grown up daughters and retired. Christine stressed that the care she has received from her rheumatology hospital is 'second to none' in terms of efficiency, medical care excellence and health professional-patient communication.