There is a crescendo of attention focused on compassion training in health care. Importantly, this is not just about meeting the needs of patients, but also about learning how compassion can bring personal joy. Some of these concepts can be conceptualized as seva: a service that is performed without any expectation of result or award for performing it. Such services can be performed to benefit other human beings or society. “Seva is an ancient Sanskrit term, which originally referred to the service performed by members of the community.”1 A more recent interpretation of the word is “dedication to others.”
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Jindal RM. Service to Others May Be the Answer to Physician Burnout. JAMA Surg. 2020;155(6):463–464. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0046
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