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Reliability has been consistently identified as a major important factor in assessing end of life methods. A seriously ill person wanting to end their life needs to know the method will work. No one wants to take chances with a method that might work. Reliability is essential.
Peacefulness (P - 10)
Peacefulness is the second major criteria identified by Exit. There is almost no interest in methods that are violent, irrespective of how reliable they might be.
The most commonly expressed wish by seriously ill and elderly people is that they be able to die in their sleep.
There are a number of lesser, but nevertheless highly-desired, characteristics for a method of dying. Six additional secondary factors are listed below:
Availability (A) Preparation and Administration (Pr) Undetectability (U) Speed of Effect (Sp) Safety to Others (Sa) Storage - Shelf Life (St)
In the RP test, a score of 1-5 is given for each of these secondary characteristics.