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  1. Riley, Mary Ann K. MA, MEd, RN, CRNI
  2. Thelian, Kathleen MS, RN, CS, NP


Home intravenous therapy requires knowledge and understanding for successful outcomes. This article presents the ideas of attachment, guidance, and culturally sensitive nursing practice interventions when caring for patients who require home IV therapy. Culturally sensitive nursing interventions can increase a patient's ability to comprehend the treatment plan if they are presented in a familiar context. As trust is built, barriers to accurate communication between the nurse and the patient and family are removed, resulting in increased patient compliance and learning. Four case studies are presented to illustrate how nursing interventions use the cultural backgrounds ofpatients to develop culturally sensitive nursing interventions and to show how decisions are made based on information regarding cultural norms.