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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Family Confusion Assessment Method (FAM-CAM)

From the Hospital Elder Life Program website, the Family-CAM (FAM-CAM) was originally developed in 1988, based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), to provide a method for informant-based assessment of delirium.

The FAM-CAM may be administered to a family caregiver by interview either in person, on the telephone, or self-administered by a variety of methods (paper, electronically), and allows for delirium assessment across a wide range of settings. The FAM-CAM may help with early detection of delirium by family caregivers, and may be useful for a range of clinical and research applications.

The FAM-CAM is NOT intended to be used as an independent diagnostic instrument; but rather as a screening instrument to heighten detection of delirium features by family members. It is designed to be used in conjunction with or confirmed by expert clinicians or trained delirium assessors using the CAM. A positive result on the FAM-CAM should be followed by further assessment of the patient, which includes cognitive testing and a formal delirium rating.

Before you open or download the FAM-CAM documentation, you must agree to the terms set forth in the FAM-CAM Disclaimer shown below. By checking the box at the end of the Disclaimer, you signal that you agree to its terms, and this will make the FAM-CAM documentation link available. 

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