Development of the knowledge about memory loss and care (KAML-C) test

Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2005 Jan-Feb;20(1):41-9. doi: 10.1177/153331750502000108.


The purpose of this study was to develop a test to assess the knowledge of family caregivers concerning memory loss, the early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and related care issues. A total of 31 multiple-choice items were generated in three domains: medical information, caregiving, and legal/financial planning. The test was administered to experts in the field of dementia research and care, medical students, and family caregivers. Item analysis procedures were then used to reduce the test to 15 items. Results suggest that the Knowledge about Memory Loss and Care (KAML-C) test is a reliable and valid test for examining the knowledge level of family caregivers with a relative in the early stages of dementia.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Alzheimer Disease / complications*
  • Caregivers*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory Disorders / etiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Students, Medical
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • United States