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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.

The Rourke Baby Record is endorsed by the Canadian Paediatric Society, College of Family Physicians of Canada and Dietitians of Canada

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:

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.


Last updated: Nov 10 2017