Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I obtain the Rourke Baby Record?
  2. Has the Rourke Baby Record been validated?
  3. How do I use the Rourke Baby Record?
  4. Is the Rourke Baby Record available in electronic medical record (EMR) format?
  5. Is the Rourke Baby Record available in French?
  6. Are there provincial versions of the Rourke Baby Record?

 

1. 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 :
http://www.cps.ca/English/statements/CP/Rourke/RourkeBabyRecord.htm

http://www.cps.ca/Francais/enonces/CP/Rourke.htm

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

 



2. 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



3. 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, 2, and 3 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 will provide you with the opportunity to explore the tool set as well as review the current medical evidence and resources for professionals and the literature review to support the recommendations as well as providing parent resources.



4. 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.



5. Is the Rourke Baby Record available in French?
The national and Ontario versions of the Rourke Baby Record are available in French.



6. 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).

Nunavut version of the RBR: The Nunavut Well Baby Record (August 2010) has been adapted, modified, reproduced and used by the Government of Nunavut from the 2009 Rourke Baby Record with the permission of the authors. It is part of the Nutaqqavut (our children) Heath Information System which includes prenatal, birth defect, and well baby/child forms and resources and is found at http://medsci.uvic.ca/faculty/arbour.php  Scroll down to find the Nunavut Well-Child Visit Forms and accompanying Nunavut Well-Child Guidelines document under the Nutaqqavut Health Information system. The web link to this information is provided courtesy of the NHIS through the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria in conjunction with Health and Social Services Nunavut.