TABLE 3.

Comparison between culture-based and immuno-qPCR methods in the detection of MRSA in clinical swab samplesa

MethodNo. true positiveNo. false negativeNo. false positiveNo. true negativeSensitivity (%)Specificity (%)
Cultureb230025100100
qPCR23091610064
  • a Forty-eight clinical swab samples were collected from different body sites: nares (16), inguinal (17), pooled swabs (4), or wound (11). Sensitivity (23 of 23), 100%; specificity (16 of 25), 64%.

  • b Method used as the reference technique.