FAM-CAM (Family CAM)

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.