Support & Acknowledgements

Drs. Rourke and Leduc gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Government of Ontario for the 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2014 editions of the Rourke Baby Record. 

Financial contributions to support ongoing RBR development projects are welcome, and can be directed to the Memorial University of Newfoundland Rourke Baby Record Research and Development Fund: attention to Director of Administration. All contributions will be acknowledged.

The Offord Centre at McMaster University administered the Government of Ontario funding for the 2014 RBR through the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit program - www.18monthvisit.ca. The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) administered the Government of Ontario research and development funding from 2005 until 2016. 

This project also included research on the use of, satisfaction with, and criterion validity of the Rourke Baby Record (18) with assistance both from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine at The University of Western Ontario, and from the Primary Healthcare Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and their Joint Action Committee on Child and Adolescent Health (JACCAH) have made valuable contributions through their members and organizational structures.  The Rourke Baby Record has been endorsed by both the CFPC and CPS since 2000.  Dietitians of Canada provided review and subsequent endorsement of the 2014 RBR.

French translation of the 2014 and 2016 RBR was provided by Dominique Paré, Le bout de la langue, dopare@sympatico.ca.

The Dr. Wallace J. Ingram Award for New Faculty in the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, has enabled Leslie Rourke to further knowledge translation including initial development of this website.

Literature Review Table: Thanks to Dr. Patrician Li (MD, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP; Assistant Professor of Paediatrics McGill University) and Bruno Riverin (add credentials) for their exemplary annotated literature review to determine level of evidence and strength of recommendation for most items in the 2014 RBR. Similar work was done for the 2009 and 2011 RBR by Dr. Evelyn Constantin (MD CM, MSc(Epi), FRCPC, FAAP, CSPQ; Assistant Professor of Paediatrics McGill University), and Sarah Carsley (MSc(Epi), McGill University). Alison Farrell (BA, MLIS; Public Services Librarian, Memorial University of Newfoundland) provided editing of the 2016 literature review table. Thanks as well to Julie Matthews (BSc, MSc; Research Assistant Memorial University) who began the annotated table; and to Lindsay Glynn (BA, MLIS; Public Services Librarian, Memorial University of Newfoundland ) and Linda Horwood (MSc; Research Assistant Montreal Children’s Hospital) for their editing of the 2009 document.

Environmental Health items in the 2014 RBR: In addition to the RBR project team, thanks to Health Canada, Ontario Region, for funding the program Healthy Children/Healthy Environments: Improving the Odds. Drs. Riina Bray and Lynn Marshall, both members of the Ontario College of Family Physicians’ Environmental Health Committee, conducted literature reviews and grading of evidence, in collaboration with researcher Dr. Margaret Sears and former OCFP CEO Janet Kasperski RN.

Parent Resources: The Parent Resources section was developed by Dr. Laura Butler, Memorial University Medical Class 2014, with support from 2011 and 2012 MUN Summer UG Research Awards. The series of parent information sheets was initially developed by Laura Butler in collaboration with the RBR authors. Revision and evaluation project by Dr. Aimee Holla, MUN Family Medicine Resident, in 2013/14.

Website and Graphic Design: Special thanks to Professional Development & Conferencing Services at the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland for their support of this project, and especially to graphics gurus Arlene Mercer and Tammy Perry, and web coding / design Todd Pardy and Robert Glynn.