TABLE 3.

Overall interpretive agreement between results of fluconazole disk diffusion tests performed in participant and reference laboratoriesa

OrganismNo. testedbNo. (%) of discrepant results% Agreementc
MinorMajorVery major
C. albicans 1,63116 (1.0)23 (1.4)1 (0.1)97.5
C. glabrata 40365 (16.1)40 (10.0)2 (0.5)73.4
C. parapsilosis 40026 (6.5)19 (4.8)5 (1.2)87.5
C. tropicalis 32721 (6.4)11 (3.4)1 (0.3)89.9
All Candida spp.2,949170 (5.8)100 (3.4)13 (0.4)90.4
  • a The fluconazole disk diffusion method was performed according to NCCLS method M44-A.

  • b Total number of isolates tested in 54 laboratories participating in the ARTEMIS program and also in the ARTEMIS reference laboratory.

  • c Percent total agreement, the categorical agreement between participant and reference laboratory results.