The May 2006 revision of the Rourke Baby Record

Rourke Baby Record
Originally developed in 1979 by Drs Leslie Rourke and James Rourke, the Rourke Baby Record (RBR) is an evidence-based health supervision guide for physicians caring for children in the first five years of life. The May 2006 revision of the RBR was written in collaboration with Dr. Denis Leduc of Montréal, PQ, and is endorsed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society.
Format changes from the previous version of September 2000 are as follows:
- Expansion of visits on 3 guides to 4 to allow more writing space and to add a new optional visit at 15 months to accommodate some immunization preferences/schedules;
- Major emphasis on the 18-month visit as a critical time for assessment of development.
- Use of the CDC full page growth charts rather than small growth charts on the reverse of the RBR;
- Creation of an immunization chart to more easily document immunization rather than trying to record them directly on the RBR;
- Reorganization of the Education & Advice section to avoid omission of issues if a visit is missed.
- Incorporation of selected evidence-based environmental, literacy, and healthy active living issues as well as updating previous items if indicated;
- More detail regarding child development including new evidence-based information on the reverse of Guide 4;
- Incorporation of web-based resources for further information.