Physical disability

The physical disability indicator is based on the following 7 questions.
1.  Can you follow a conversation in a group of three or more persons (with a hearing aid if necessary)?   
2.  Can you have a conversation with one other person (with a hearing aid if necessary)?    
3.  Can you read the small print in the newspaper (with glasses or contact lenses if necessary)?  
4.  Can you recognise somebody’s face at a distance of 4 metres (with glasses contact lenses if necessary)?  
5.  Can you carry an object weighing 5 kilos, e.g. a bag full of groceries, for a distance of 10 metres?
6.  Can you bend down from a standing position to pick up something from the floor?  
7.  Can you walk a distance of 400 metres without stopping (with a walking stick if necessary)? 
The answer categories to these questions are: yes, without difficulty; yes, with some difficulty; yes, with great difficulty; no I can’t.
A respondent has no physical disabilities if he/she answers ‘yes, without difficulty’ to all 7 questions.
A respondent has a minor physical limitation if he/she answers ‘yes, with some difficulty’ to at least one of the 7 questions, and ‘yes, without difficulty’ to the remaining questions.
A respondent has a moderate physical disability if he/she answers ‘yes, with great difficulty’ to at least one of the 7 questions, and ‘yes, without difficulty’ or ‘yes, with some difficulty’ to the remaining questions.
A respondent has a serious physical disability if he/she answers ‘no, I can’t’ to at least one of the 7 questions.
These questions are put to people aged 12 years and older.  The calculation of life expectancy with/without physical disabilities is based on the assumption that children younger than 12 years do not have physical disabilities.

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