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Refer a patient

Concerned about a potential eating disorder in your patient? We’re here to help.

Since 1993, The Emily Program has been a trusted leader in providing personalized treatment for people of all ages and genders. Refer a patient by simply giving us a call at 1-888-364-5977 or completing our online form. We’ll promptly schedule an eating disorder assessment, ensuring your patient is met with the expert, compassionate care they need.

When to refer a patient to The Emily Program

Early action is key. Don’t wait to intervene if you suspect your patient may be struggling with food, body image, weight, or eating issues. Leading medical organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association, emphasize the importance of early recognition in eating disorders.

Know the common eating disorder symptoms

Use the common symptoms list and simple screening tool below. We also offer educational events to help you screen for eating disorders, understand their effects, and access available treatment resources.

Eating disorders present physiologically and behaviorally. The multidisciplinary team at The Emily Program recommends checking for common symptoms, such as:

  • Dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Verbal preoccupation with food, weight, and shape
  • Medical complications, such as amenorrhea, bradycardia, unexpected osteopenia or osteoporosis, electrolyte abnormalities, low body temperature, orthostatic hypotension
  • Rapid or persistent decline or increase in food intake
  • Purging; restricting; binge eating; compulsive eating; compulsive exercising; selective eating; abuse of diet pills, laxatives, diuretics, or emetics
  • Denial of food and eating problems, despite concerns of others
  • Avoidance of or aversion to particular foods, based on texture, color, taste, smell, food groups, etc.
  • Eating in secret, hiding food, disrupting family meals, feeling out of control with food

Start the conversation

Ask if it is okay to discuss eating habits: “I’m concerned about your eating (or weight, body image, etc.). May we discuss how you typically eat and your relationship with food?”

Then ask your patient these questions:

  • Do you worry about your weight and body shape more than other people?
  • Do you avoid certain foods for reasons other than allergies or religious reasons?
  • Are you often on a diet?
  • Do you feel your weight is an important aspect of your identity?
  • Are you fearful of gaining weight?
  • Do you often feel out of control when you eat?
  • Do you regularly eat what others may consider to be a large quantity of food at one time?
  • Do you regularly eat until feeling uncomfortably full?
  • Do you hide what you eat from others, or eat in secret?
  • Do you often feel fat?
  • Do you feel guilty or depressed after eating?
  • Do you ever make yourself vomit (throw up) after eating?
  • Do you use your insulin in ways not prescribed to manage your weight?
  • Do you take any medication or supplement to compensate for eating or to give yourself permission to eat?
  • Do you exercise for the sole purpose of weight control?
  • Have people expressed concern about your relationship with food or your body? 

Two or more “yes” answers strongly indicates the presence of disordered eating. 

Streamlined admission

To ensure your patient can get treatment as soon as possible, they will be connected with an intake therapist, who will conduct an intake assessment, determine the appropriate level of care, schedule an admit date, and start the process to secure medical data and arrange any necessary lodging.

Stay involved

To stay informed of your patient’s progress throughout their eating disorder treatment, ask them to complete a Release of Information form so we have permission to share health information with you.

Talk with the experts at The Emily Program

The Emily Program staff is available to assist. Call us at 1-888-364-5977, use our online referral form, or send your patient to our website to request an eating disorder assessment.

Refer a patient

Start your patient’s journey to lasting recovery today.

Contact us in one of these ways to get started.

  • Call us at 1-888-364-5977
  • Complete the online referral form below
  • Fax us at 844-385-4628

Our team will contact your patient within one business day to learn more about their condition. We’ll keep you updated on our progress throughout the process, too.

Recovery is possible

If an eating disorder is diagnosed, we offer a path to hope and healing. Our team will work with you and your patient to develop a personalized treatment and recovery plan. We use a wide range of evidence-based therapies to treat the whole person, and together, we can bring your patient the support they need to heal.

Your patient deserves lasting recovery. Give them the right start with The Emily Program. Please contact our Admissions Team at 1-888-364-5977 with questions or fax your referral to 844-385-4628.