Rourke Baby Record
The Rourke Baby Record (RBR) is an evidence-based health supervision guide for physicians and health care providers caring for children in the first five years of life.
The RBR was originally developed in 1979 by Dr. Leslie Rourke, now Professor Emerita of Family Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and by Dr. James Rourke, Professor of Family Medicine and former Dean of Medicine at Memorial University. The latest revision was completed in January 2017 in collaboration with Dr. Denis Leduc, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at McGill University and past president of the Canadian Paediatric Society, and Dr. Patricia Li, paediatrician/clinical epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at McGill University. Dr. Li’s team for epidemiologic support for the 2017 RBR included Stephani Arulthas, Karen Rezk, and Alexandra Dionisopoulos.
Using the Rourke Baby Record
The RBR is available to download at no charge for all health professionals.
- Rourke Baby Record: Evidence-based infant/child health maintenance Guides I to IV (birth to 5 years), immunization record (Guide V), and Resources 1 - 4. Available in English or French and National or Ontario-specific versions.
- WHO Growth Charts adapted for Canada for the primary care setting (updated in March 2014)
The Rourke Baby Record website includes:
- The Guides in English and French for downloading and printing in the office-setting.
- Highlights of changes made to the 2017 RBR.
- Interactive 2017 RBR showing summary of current evidence, literature reviewed, and related resources.
- Common questions and answers
- Links to additional resources for parents.
For more information:
For evidence-based guides to preventive health care from ages 6 to 17 years, consult Preventive Health Care visits for children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 years: The Greig Health Record.