Aims and Objectives

The aim of the MAMMA study (Mastitis And Mammary abscess Management Audit) is to describe the current practice in the management of mastitis and breast abscesses in the UK and Ireland and to provide recommendations for best practice.

The objectives of the MAMMA study are:

  1. Understand patient treatment pathways and patterns of sub-speciality involvement.
  2. Identify variation between different centres, specifically in terms of antibiotic prescribing, rate of operative versus radiological management, waiting time to ultrasound scan, rate of inpatient versus outpatient treatment, length of hospital stay, rate of follow-up by breast surgeons, number of outpatient appointments
  3. Generate data to improve current guidelines on the management of mastitis and breast abscess
  4. Determine the feasibility of ongoing prospective national annual re-audit

Study design and Methodology

National trainee collaborative will be established with the assistance of the Mammary Fold Academic and Research Committee and will be the driving force behind this project. The trainee collaborative will be supported by the academic clinicians, MAMMA Steering Committee and methodologists from Imperial College London. All study data will be collected and managed using REDCap electronic data capture tool.

This study will be carried out in 3 phases:

We are looking to recruit MAMMA Regional trainee leads, Local trainee leads and local collaboratives.  All these roles will allow you to qualify for citable collaborator authorship for any future abstracts, papers or presentations that result from this work.

If you are interested in participating in this MAMMA study, either as a Regional or local trainee lead, please sign up using this link:  For further information regarding the study,  please see attached a brief study summary or see our website: