Cambridge Prospective Memory Test

SCREENS FOR: Prospective memory.

AGE GROUP: 16 years and older

LENGTH OF TIME TO ADMINISTER: 25 minutes

DEVELOPED BY: Barbra A Wilson, Hazel Emslie, Jennifer Foley, Agnes Sheil, Peter Watson, Kari Hawkins, Yvonne Groot and Jonathan J. Evans

YEAR: 2005

NORMS: UK

The most common memory complaints are concerned with failures of prospective memory, yet this aspect of memory function is rarely assessed formally.

Prospective memory is the ability to remember to do things at a particular time or within a given interval of time or when a certain event happens. In other words, prospective memory is remembering to do things rather than remembering things that have already happened. For people with brain injury, failures in prospective memory, such as forgetting to take medication, can have a devastating effect on everyday life and are likely to threaten independence.

The Cambridge Test of Prospective Memory (CAMPROMPT) is an objective and standardised clinical instrument offering insights into a client’s prospective memory or his ability to remember to do things at a particular time or within a given interval of time.

Accommodating activities in daily life, the CAMPROMPT is composed of three time-based tasks and three event-based tasks that address failures in prospective memory. Everyday life examples that may impact a person’s independence include remembering to:

  • Put a letter in a mailbox on the way home
  • Turn off the cooker
  • Phone mother
  • Take medication

In addition, the CAMPROMPT provides valid data for planning programs aimed at remediating prospective memory difficulties.