FEATURESCorrelations Between Auricular Tenderness and Symptoms in Korean AdultsLee, Eun Jin PhDAuthor Information Department of Nursing, Inha University, Incheon, South Korea. Correspondence: Eun Jin Lee, PhD, Department of Nursing, Inha University, 100 Inharo Namgu, Incheon, South Korea ([email protected]). This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea grant funded by the Korean Government (2014002505) and Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (NRF-2014R1A1A1002505). The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Holistic Nursing Practice: May/June 2020 - Volume 34 - Issue 3 - p 180-186 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000381 Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the correlation between auricular tenderness and subjective symptoms. A descriptive correlational study design was followed, which was also the second analysis of a randomized controlled trial. This study was performed in the Republic of Korea from September 2013 to February 2017. The Patient Health Questionnaire-9, the Constipation Assessment Scale, and the Nicotine Dependence Syndrome Scale were used. One hundred thirty-three participants displayed ear tenderness, whereas 84 participants did not. Adults with auricular tenderness reported more symptoms, such as sputum, rhinitis, constipation, stress, mood swings, and depressive symptoms compared with adults without (with tenderness: 4.14 ± 2.94, without tenderness: 2.92 ± 2.45; t = 3.32, P = .001). Finally, auricular acupressure points were positively correlated with various symptoms such as sputum, constipation, nicotine addiction, stress, cough, and rhinitis. Auricular palpation could be used to detect a disease at an early stage. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.