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Fig. S1. The prescribed CGA form. The prescribed form was completed with many findings from each ESAT professional within the initial 2 days. These information and data were shared among all ESAT members and proved useful for discussion to determine the etiology of ESDED. ACE, Angiotensin converting enzyme; BUN, Blood urea nitrogen; CTR, Cardio thoracic ratio; CRP, C-reactive protein; FAST, Functional assessment staging; HDS-R, Hasegawa dementia rating scale - revised; L-DOPA, L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine; MMSE, Mini–mental state examination; MRI, Magnetic resonance imaging; MWST, Modified water swallowing test; NSAIDs, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; OT, Occupational therapist; PPIs, Proton pump inhibitors; PT, Physical therapist; PVH, Periventricular hyperintensity; RSST, Repetitive saliva swallowing test; ST, Speech therapist; T-Cho, Total cholesterol; TSH, Thyroid stimulating hormone; WBC, White blood cells Fig. S2. Interventional strategies suggested by the ESAT. Interventional strategies were recommended in addition to already performed medical care, supportive care, and rehabilitation. The patterns of suggestions varied widely; only three patterns were plural (pattern number 42, 72, 78) and all others were singular. This means that the interventions based on this study were well individualized. The pattern number does not equate to the participants’ ID or sequence of enrollment in this study. a The description “medication for swallowing disorder” means both starting a medicine and stopping a medicine. The former was expected to positively affect swallowing, while the later was expected to disturb swallowing. ADL, Activities of daily living; AHN, Artificial hydration and/or nutrition; OT, Occupational therapist; PT, Physical therapist; ST, Speech therapist. (PPTX 165 kb)