Q: How can I obtain the Rourke Baby Record?

The Rourke Baby Record (RBR) is available for printing on this website as well as from the websites of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (English / French) and the Canadian Paediatric Society : (English / French)

The Ontario version of the RBR and supporting information and resources around the enhanced 18 month well baby visit is found at  www.18monthvisit.ca

Q: Has the Rourke Baby Record been validated?

Research on the use of, satisfaction with and criterion validity of the Rourke Baby Record occurred in 2005-2006 with results published as follows:

Rourke L, Godwin M, Rourke J, Pearce S, Bean J. The Rourke Baby Record Infant/Child Maintenance Guide: do doctors use it, do they find it useful, and does using it improve their well-baby visit records? BMC Family Practice 2009, 10:28   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-10-28  http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/10/28

Q: How do I use the Rourke Baby Record?

The Rourke Baby Record can be used in several ways:

  • It can be placed in the child’s chart and used as an aide memoire and to chart each well baby visit.
  • It facilitates care by various members of the healthcare team who can each complete their designated section of the RBR.
  • It can be copied and sent to a consultant along with a consult request as a concise summary of a child’s health information.
  • Resources 1 to 4 contain evidence-based information and resources for healthcare professionals and parents including pertinent websites.
  • Immunizations can be charted all together on one sheet, which can be copied for third parties as required.

This website allows you to:

Q: Is the Rourke Baby Record available in electronic medical record (EMR) format?

Several software firms have adapted the Rourke Baby Record for EMR format. A license agreement is available to allow these adaptations. Contact Dr. Leslie Rourke for further details.

Q: Is the Rourke Baby Record available in French?

The French National and Ontario versions of the Rourke Baby Record are available in the downloads section of this website.

Q: Are there other versions of the Rourke Baby Record?

Ontario version of the RBR: In addition to this website the Ontario version of the Rourke Baby Record is available on the CFPC, CPS, and OCFP websites and a dedicated website for the enhanced 18 month well baby visit (www.18monthvisit.ca).

2016 Nunavut Well Child Record: A working group of Community Health Nurses and Public Health Nurses, in consultation with the RBR authors and with Dr. Amber Miners, Chief of Pediatrics at Qikiqtani General Hospital, has adapted the 2014 Rourke Baby Record for use in Nunavut. Since items unique to Nunavut have been added without levels of evidence, all fonts reflecting strength of recommendation have been omitted on the Nunavut Well Child Record. It is available at: http://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/manuals-guidelines

2011 Nunavut Well Baby Record: This was originally launched as a modification of the 2009 RBR with the permission of the authors as part of the Nutaqqavut (our children) Heath Information System which included prenatal, birth defect, and well baby/child forms and resources, and was found at https://www.uvic.ca/medsci/people/faculty/arbourlaura.php

Northwest Territories
The NWT Well Child Record is the standard tool for screening and recording all well child assessments in the Northwest Territories (NWT). The NWT Well Child Record is based on the 2014 adapted Rourke Baby Record. NWT specific modifications were made based on input from NWT specialists as well as community health nurses, the primary users of the forms. The areas of adaptation for NWT include the addition of more detailed documentation on areas of specific concern, such as dental health and breastfeeding, as well as the inclusion of some additional process information such as referrals made. NWT Well Child resources may be found here: http://www.practicenorth.ca/index.php?page=well-child-record