Most HUPES residents had not received training in using databases: 48 (73%) of the 66 individuals who performed their own searches reported that they were self-taught and only 1 had been trained by a librarian.
In accordance with earlier studies [13, 15, 20], information needs reported by residents of HUPES often related to therapy, particularly drug therapy, or diagnosis.
During the study period, 1395 patients with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis looked for care at the HUPES outpatient clinic; of these, 898 were male and 497 were female, and had their medical records were checked for the eligibility criteria considered.
During the time period of the study, 898 (64.4%) men and 497 (35.6%) women were treated at the HUPES outpatient clinic.
The inclusion was restricted to HIV perinatally infected children, aged one to 12 years old, under antiretroviral therapy for at least six months and regular care at HUPES
or CEDAP, and to their caregivers.
Over half of the patients (n = 115, 58.4%) received care at HUPES
, the remaining at CEDAP.
We thank the HUPES
and CREAIDS outpatient clinics, and all the patients for their participation in this study.