November 2021: 2020 RBR Commentary article with Infographic published in Paediatrics & Child Health Journal.
Rowan-Legg A , Bayoumi I , Kwok B , Leduc D, Rourke L , Rourke J , Li P. The 2020 Rourke Baby Record release: A time for reflection and looking forward. Paediatrics & Child Health, Volume 26, Issue 5, August 2021, Pages 283–286, https://doi.org/10.1093/pch/pxaa135.
This Commentary article discusses the process of producing a new RBR edition and the longstanding relationship of the RBR with the Canadian Paediatric Society. 2020 RBR content updates supported by CPS statements are highlighted.
The article also includes an Infographic abstract, which we have adapted for the Home page. It shows the process of making the RBR as well as highlights of the 2020 edition content.
Li P, Rowan-Legg A, Kwok B, Bayoumi I, Arulthas S, Tedone E, Leduc D, Rourke J and Rourke L. 2020 edition of the Rourke Baby Record: What is new in preventive care of children up to 5 years of age. Can Fam Physician 2021; 67:488-498 doi:10.46747/cfp.6707488
May 2021: Launch of the 2020 RBR Literature Review Reference Table
The 2020 RBR Literature Review Reference Table is now available in the Literature Review section of this website. This annotated bibliography lists the literature which has been used to document the recommendations for selected items on the 2020 Rourke Baby Record (RBR).
We thank and congratulate Dr. Patricia Li (MD, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP), Associate Professor of Paediatrics McGill University, and her team - Stephani Arulthas (BSc, MPH), Jonathan Reeves-Latour (BA, MSc), and Emmanuela Tedone (BA, MEd, PhD candidate) - for their exemplary work on this huge task.
For the 2020 edition of the RBR, the McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Team (MERST) collaborated on the compilation and refinement of the literature searches, on the production and management of the literature data base, and on the 2020 edition of the Literature Review Table. Our thanks to Donna Fitzpatrick-Lewis (MSW), Ruth Lewis (BA) and Diana Sherifali (RN, PhD, CDE).
December 2020: 2020 Rourke Baby Record now includes fillable PDFs
The 2020 edition of the RBR, both National and Ontario versions in English and French, now includes the option of fillable PDFs. These can be completed, printed or saved by the user, but NOT saved on the RBR website.
October 2020: 2020 Rourke Baby Record is now available
We are pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of the RBR is now available for download: National and Ontario versions in both English and French.
The 2020 RBR is available in 4 formats: regular 3 visits/page, 1 visit/page, vertical stretched 3 visits/page, and a new horizontal landscape 3 visits/page.
Over the coming weeks. the compiled literature reviewed and necessary revisions to the parent resource web links will be added to the website. Download the 2020 RBR Summary of changes from the prior 2017 RBR
The Rourke Baby Record (RBR) consists of: 4 Guides for charting well baby/child visits up to five years of age; an Immunization chart; and 4 Resources pages that summarize the current research and guidelines for the items in the RBR.
Guide I: up to one week, two weeks, one month;
Guide II: two, four, six months ;
Guide III: nine, 12, 15 months ;
Guide IV: 18 months, two to three years, four to five years.
Guide V: table for charting immunizations.
Resources 1: Growth, Nutrition, Injury prevention, Environment, Other
Resources 4: Early Child Development and Parenting Resource System and Local Resources/Referrals Table
The RBR should be accompanied by Canadian WHO growth charts for monitoring growth.
Fonts used in the Rourke Baby Record
Three fonts are used in the Rourke Baby Record to reflect the strength of recommendation based on literature review using the former classification system of the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care.
Good (bold type); Fair (italic type); Consensus (plain type).